How to Protect Yourself Against West Nile Virus

Posted on Oct 13th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Most bites from a mosquito will sting, leave a red bump, be itchy for a few days and then be forgotten. But that rare mosquito can be infected with West Nile virus and pass it on to you. The majority of people with the virus don’t feel sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 20 percent have minor issues, including a fever. But, one in 150 infected people develop serious—and sometimes fatal—conditions, such as encephalitis and meningitis, the CDC said. The disease also can be...

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Archangels Offers Support

Posted on Oct 13th 2019 by Florida Blue

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At some point in our lives, almost all of us will be a caregiver to someone we love. Caregiving—to an aging family member or a loved one with a disability—is one of the hardest and most rewarding things most of us will ever do. At times, this job can be tough and lonely. Often, even those close to us won’t know what we’re going through. And it can be a challenge to open up and talk about our situation or to ask for help. Archangels Offers Support. Caregivers can now get information and support...

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Vaccinations Keep You and Your Family Safe

Posted on Oct 1st 2019 by Florida Blue

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Consider this when deciding whether to get your vaccinations: They aren’t just about you staying healthy. They’re also about protecting the people around you. And for most Florida Blue members, there’s no additional cost when you see an in-network provider. In fact, you may even receive a reward for getting some vaccinations, like a flu shot. To make it easier to keep your family protected, Florida Blue Centers are hosting a series of clinics through Nov. 18. Vaccinations for the flu, pneumonia...

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What You Need to Know to Renew Your Plan for 2020

Posted on Oct 1st 2019 by Florida Blue

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For Florida Blue members who buy individual or family plans on their own. Having the right health plan is important for you and your family. It helps you stay healthy and protects you when something unexpected happens. If you haven’t received your renewal package for 2020, you will soon. When you do, take the time to review your plan and premium and see if they match your needs for next year. We know a lot can happen in a year. Maybe you got married, maybe you had a baby, maybe you got a new...

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Don’t Miss Out on Being Rewarded for Staying Healthy

Posted on Oct 1st 2019 by Florida Blue

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For Florida Blue members who buy individual or family plans on their own. Living a healthy life is a reward itself. It lets you and your family be more active and live life to the fullest. But, wait. There’s more. Join the Better You Rewards program, where you can earn up to $100 toward your premium just by completing four courses in an online wellness program. There’s no additional cost to you and you’ll be rewarded along the way. You’ll learn—while you earn—about important topics like...

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Why Your BMI Matters

Posted on Sep 29th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Most people can step on the bathroom scale and quickly decide if they’re happy with their weight. But there’s actually a better way to gauge if your weight is within a healthy range: body mass index (BMI). This is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. You and your doctor can determine if you need to lose or gain weight based on your height. Being overweight can lead to serious health problems, such as: Arthritis Heart disease High blood pressure Sleep apnea Type 2 diabetes...

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NACD NXT award recognizes exemplary board practices related to diversity and inclusion

Posted on Sep 24th 2019 by Florida Blue

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GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, is pleased to announce it has received a top honor from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a recipient of the NACD NXT TM award, which recognizes exemplary board leadership practices that promote greater diversity and inclusion. “Receiving this top honor reaffirms our dedication to diversity, which not only reflects our desire to...

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There Are Several Ways To Save At The Pharmacy

Posted on Sep 24th 2019 by Florida Blue

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A little planning can make a big difference to help you save money at the pharmacy. And two key people who can help you along that journey are your doctor and your pharmacist. For maintenance drugs, check with your doctor to see if you can use a generic for common health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. If so, you can get a three-month supply for $0 when you use Florida Blue’s home delivery service. Using the service also saves you time and money by not having to...

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Don’t Get Scammed This Season

Posted on Sep 12th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Older adults are the fastest-growing group of Americans to be victimized by identity fraud or internet schemes. In fact, one out of every 10 Americans who are 65 and older and living at home will be a victim of scam abuse, according to the United States Senate Committee on Aging. We all love a discount or a free product, but sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re getting a deal or being scammed. According to the Federal Trade Commission, older adults are more likely to report they have been...

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Hearing Aids Keep You in the Conversation

Posted on Sep 11th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Maybe you’ve thought about getting a hearing aid, but you aren’t sure how it will look or if it will really help you. If you have trouble hearing, a hearing aid can significantly improve your quality of life. It can: Improve communication Help you stay more alert Reduce background noise Help you regain independence Help you feel more included While Medicare Part B covers hearing exams required for medical treatment, it does not cover an annual routine hearing exam. The good news is some Florida...

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