When was the last time you were rewarded for doing the right thing? You put in the effort to live a healthy and active lifestyle, and we think you deserve a reward! As a Florida Blue member, you can get nationwide discounts of up to 50 percent off through our member discount program called Blue365. This program lets you save money on products and services that help you maintain your hea [...]

Summertime in Florida brings plenty of options for finding fresh, healthy produce. From farmers’ markets to the corner grocery store, or even in your own home garden, summer is ripe with foods that help us stay healthy. Colorful fruits and vegetables are as beautiful as they are delicious, but did you know they also have different health benefits depending on what color they are? This i [...]

What Causes Swimmer’s Ear?

Posted on May 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

It’s not always what you think. The term swimmer's ear, an inflammation of the ear canal, comes from the fact that it often occurs in children and young adults who swim frequently. Similar to a diaper rash in babies, swimmer’s ear can be caused by excess moisture in the ear from routine showering, improper ear cleaning, and/or swimming in dirty or polluted water. The moisture can cause [...]

7 Tips to Become SPF Savvy

Posted on May 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

Not all sunscreens are the same. New FDA rules for sunscreen labels make it a whole lot easier for you to compare products when you shop for sunscreen. Follow these tips: Use SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Look for “broad spectrum” on the label. It means the product passes government tests for effectiveness. Choose products tha [...]

6 Safety Tips for Summer Fun

Posted on May 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

It’s summertime! A cool splash in the pool, boogie boarding at the beach, sunbathing and weekend outings are prime times for sun burns. But before you go outdoors, be sure to protect your skin against damaging sun, which can lead to melanoma. Here’s what you can do to protect your skin: Use sunscreen daily. Apply sunscreen every two hours if you’r [...]

Starting this year, you will need to show proof that you had health insurance in 2015 when you file your taxes. It’s called Form 1095, and you may receive one or more versions of the form. If you purchased health coverage through the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace, you should have received Form 1095-A from the Marketplace—not your health insurer—by Jan. 31, 2016. This form will inclu [...]

Do you have a picky eater in your house? Involving children in shopping, cooking family meals and even gardening are important steps in getting kids interested in fruits and vegetables. Here are 10 tips to help your child—and your family—get excited about cooking and eating healthy foods. Mean Green Cleaning Machine. Bring your kids into the kitchen and ask them [...]

What’s the best way to reduce your risks for chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, get on track for a healthy weight and have your health questions answered—all in one stop? Your annual wellness visit with your doctor, which may be covered at no cost to you as a Florida Blue member (be sure to check your benefits). Be sure to schedule your annual wellness visit with you [...]

5 Ways to Spring into Fitness

Posted on Mar 15th 2016 by Florida Blue

Burnt out on your same old routine at the gym, or did you already let your New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside? Spring is upon us and the temperature is not too hot, not too cold— it’s just right to get outside and get active. Here are five tips to take advantage of the spring weather and get you and your family moving. Hiking at a park [...]

To clear yourself of paying a tax fee for not having health insurance, the government needs to know. As part of the Affordable Care Act, health plans like Florida Blue, are required to report its insureds, dates of coverage, social security numbers (SSN), or Individual Taxpayer Identifications numbers (ITIN), to the IRS. Whether you buy insurance on your own or through your employer, th [...]

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