Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on Jan 17th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Did you know that Dr. King drew from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and his Christian faith to lead the largest nonviolent movement in the United States? A powerful orator who moved many to seek justice and equality for those in the margins, Dr. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor and today there are over 902 streets named, 100 schools and over 50 memorials named after this beloved global leader. This year, there are many ways you can honor his...

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Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty named OneJax Humanitarian Award recipient

Posted on Jan 17th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Pat Geraghty, CEO of GuideWell and Florida Blue, has been named one of four individuals to receive the 2019 OneJax Humanitarian Award Silver Medallion. The award honors those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to the Jacksonville community and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups locally. OneJax, an Institute of the University of North Florida, will recognize the honorees...

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UCF Receives Major Grant from Florida Blue to Improve Health in Parramore

Posted on Jan 16th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Healthy lifestyles enable individuals to live full, productive lives. It allows children to maximize their growth and learning potential. It enables parents to excel at their careers and pass along positive behaviors to their children. It creates a community where physical, emotional and mental well-being is a central focus. UCF has established the Parramore Healthy Community Coalition, focused on creating a healthy community model that encompasses individual health, civic health, and community...

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Support for Caregivers

Posted on Jan 8th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Taking full-time care of a loved is an important job, and it can be a very rewarding one, too. But the around-the-clock rigors of being a caregiver can sometimes leave you feeling exhausted, lonely and even sad. You may not have people in your life who understand the daily challenges you face or who you can talk to candidly. A support group for caregivers can help you find people to talk to who are in the same situation and understand what you are going through without judgment. Depending on...

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Help after Hurricane Michael

Posted on Jan 4th 2019 by Florida Blue

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With FedEx operating at 20 percent capacity in Panama City in the weeks after Hurricane Michael, it didn’t look like the CPAP machine from CareCentrix was going to make it to the Medicare member who needed it. Enter the Medicare Member Services team. On November 2, Jodie MacEwen, a manager on the Medicare Member Services team, sent a text to service advocate Tracey Elder to ask if she could help. Tracey was on her way to the Panhandle to take supplies to her husband, Michael. Unlike many other...

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Not Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted on Jan 4th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Nothing beats the feeling of your head sinking into a soft pillow as you drift off into dreamland. And there isn’t much worse than tossing and turning all night trying to fall asleep. As we age, falling asleep and staying asleep can start to become an even bigger challenge. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 44 percent of older adults experience insomnia at least a few times a week. Why? Well, the older we get, the more likely we are to experience conditions such as arthritis and sleep...

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Incontinence is More Common Than You Think

Posted on Dec 27th 2018 by Florida Blue

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If you sometimes struggle to make it to the bathroom in time or have accidents, you aren’t alone. Almost half of all older adults experience some form of incontinence. Even though incontinence is a common problem, that doesn’t make it any easier for the people living with it. Contrary to what you might think, incontinence isn’t always a result of aging. But, older adults are more likely to have conditions that can cause incontinence. In men, an enlarged prostate can make it difficult to empty...

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It Takes a Village to Prevent Childhood Drowning

Posted on Dec 20th 2018 by Florida Blue

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The Florida Blue Foundation collaborated with five Tampa Bay area YMCA associations to expand the “Safety Around Water” awareness campaign. The program, which teaches two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give participants confidence around water, will be taken out into the communities the Y serves in addition to continuing at more than 30 YMCA locations across the Tampa Bay region from Citrus to Sarasota counties. The Y and the Florida Blue Foundation believe teaching...

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Court Decision Does Not Affect This Season’s Open Enrollment

Posted on Dec 17th 2018 by Florida Blue

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Late Friday night, December 14, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with a coalition of Republican states that, since earlier this year Congress repealed the tax penalty for not having health insurance, the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. So what does this mean for you? Right now, nothing. If you purchased or renewed your ACA coverage for 2019, you are still covered. The decision does not immediately impact the ACA or our members’ 2019 health plans. This action by the...

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Hurricane Michael Impacts

Posted on Dec 11th 2018 by Florida Blue

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If you need an individual or family plan and you weren’t able to enroll in a 2019 health plan because of the hurricane, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period until February 16. Counties eligible for this extended SEP include: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington, Okaloosa, Walton, Jefferson, Suwannee, Madison and Hamilton. Even if you don’t live in one of these counties, you may still be able to qualify for a Special...

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