Virtual Dental Care Now Available

Posted on Jun 30th 2020 by Florida Blue

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We’re here to help relieve some of the stress you may be experiencing right now. That includes finding safer, more convenient ways to get you access to health care—including urgent dental care. Due to the coronavirus health concern, dental offices are being told to limit their services to emergency and urgent situations only. Your health is our top priority, so we’ve made special arrangements with our in-network dentists to provide emergency virtual dental assistance over the phone or through...

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Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses and Sunburn This Summer

Posted on Jun 26th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Thinking about spending time outdoors or enjoying time in the summer sun? With the warmer months come many outdoor activities. If you’re going to be outdoors this summer, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay safe this summer. Know the difference between UVA & UVB rays: There are two types of rays that can harm your skin. Ultraviolet Type A (UVA) rays are present during all hours of daylight. They’re responsible for...

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Tips From A Jaguars Trainer For Staying Cool This Summer

Posted on Jun 26th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Welcome to Florida, where it's easily 90 some degree by the time you roll out of bed, make breakfast and feel ready for that daily workout session. We know it can be challenging to find the motivation to exercise outdoors during the humid and hot summer months. So, how can you stay fit and active, outdoors, in spite of our tropical weather? We took our question to Rod Scott, an assistant athletic trainer with the Jacksonville Jaguars Here's what this professional trainer had to say: Hydration...

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Social Isolation: A Prescription for Poor Health

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue Medicare works closely with the Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) to make sure our members can find needed resources in their communities. FCOA President Dr. Christine Cauffield wrote this message about the effects of social isolation on older adults and what to do to combat it. Social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality in older adults. Individuals age 60 and older who report feelings of loneliness have a 45 percent higher risk of death. Isolated seniors...

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Getting Your Health Safely Back on Track

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Now more than ever, it is critical that you continue to make your health and wellbeing a top priority. As the state continues to reopen and we adjust to our “new normal,” remember there are ways to receive the care you need safely. Log in to My Health Link (your member account) at floridablue.com/medicare. Check your health and wellness reminders. See if you have any open health activities eligible for earning HealthyBlue Rewards. Then call your doctor for an appointment to review your health...

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New to Telehealth? Here’s How to Prepare

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more doctors than ever are offering telehealth visits. Florida Blue Medicare members now also have virtual visits through Teladoc ® , at no extra cost to you. But if you’ve always gone in person to see your doctor, switching to a virtual telehealth visit may sound a little intimidating. And you may wonder if you’re getting the same quality of care during a virtual visit as you would if you were sitting face to face with your doctor in an office...

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Bring on the Heat! Tips for Healthy Summer Cookouts

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Summertime and grilling are synonymous with summertime memories, celebrated with family and friends. Nothing stirs up nostalgia quite as efficiently as a barbecue, they are a great way to enjoy time with your family in the backyard or at a local park. But safety is paramount when enjoying the grill, so here are some tips to have a healthy and safe cookout. Remember that social distancing is still in place, be sure to follow local orders for enjoying parks and outdoor spaces. Maintain 6ft...

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Firework Safety Tips

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela . Happy Fourth of July! We hope your day consists of barbeques, a cool swimming pool or dip in the ocean, and that you are as excited to celebrate our Nations Independence Day as we are. We know it's easy to forget "safety first," but we want to help keep you out of the emergency room or urgent care this holiday. So here are some great tips on firework...

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Our Pledge of Support to Tackle Systemic Racism

Posted on Jun 19th 2020 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; Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer; and Florida Blue Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Florida Blue, today announced $25 million in investments over five years to organizations focused on diversity and inclusion and health equity in the communities the organizations serve. The commitment coincided with the launch of the company’s Equity...

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We're Providing $50 Million in Health Care Cost Relief to Commercial Fully Insured Customers

Posted on Jun 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, announced today additional actions being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: For Commercial Fully Insured Employer Group Health Plans: One-Month Reduction in Premium: Fully insured employer group customers will be provided a 15% reduction in premium costs to be applied to the billing statement issued in June for their July invoices. Extension of Waiting Period Waiver through Sept. 30: Employees of fully insured employer group who have...

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