Medicare Warns Against Prescription Foot Baths

Posted on Dec 30th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Suffering from foot infections, open sores, diabetic ulcers or other painful conditions? Don’t get soaked by the latest therapy scheme. Medicare recently warned against using prescription antibiotics or antifungal drugs in foot baths. It says these treatments are ineffective. In some cases, a prescription foot bath may even harm you. For example, if you have a diabetic ulcer on your foot, soaking it may delay or prevent healing. Also, absorbing drugs through an open wound could cause you to...

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Flu Cases On The Rise, Get Your Flu Shot Now

Posted on Dec 27th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Florida’s first flu-related deaths for the 2019-20 season were three children who had not been vaccinated. None of them had other health issues that contributed to their deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. A simple flu shot might have saved their lives. Their deaths come at a time when flu cases are on the rise in Florida. Outbreaks are more widespread at this point in the season than in recent ones. And more people are going to emergency rooms and urgent care centers for the...

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Get Ready to Use Your Benefits: Make Your First Payment!

Posted on Dec 20th 2019 by Florida Blue

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( This blog is for consumers who enrolled in an individual or family health plan for 2020 coverage. If you get coverage through your job, this doesn’t apply.) If you’re new to Florida Blue for 2020, or if you’re coming back to us after having a different plan in 2019, welcome to the Florida Blue family. There’s one important step to take now so you can start using your benefits on January 1—make your first payment. After that, you’ll get your member ID card in the mail and you’ll be able to log...

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Let Better You Strides Guide Your Wellness Journey

Posted on Dec 20th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Learning to build healthy habits can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to do it on your own. But there’s no need to go it alone. Our revamped Better You Strides online health and wellness program can help lead you down the path to healthier habits. Ones that can help make 2020 a great year. The journey begins with you completing a personal health assessment, which takes about 15-20 minutes. It will be the guiding force for your personalized health and wellness activities, videos and...

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Pay Your Bill Your Way

Posted on Dec 20th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Paying your bill on time is the best way to make sure you have the coverage you need—when you need it. We have lots of options; pick the one that’s best for you! These particular ways to pay are specific to Florida Blue members under the age of 65 years who purchased a health plan on their own. If you bought your plan through your employer, ask your HR representative for details about ways to pay. AUTOPAY Set it up and let us do the work! Log in to floridablue.com . Then click Pay Your Bill →...

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Court Decision Does Not Affect 2020 Health Coverage

Posted on Dec 19th 2019 by Florida Blue

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You may have seen some news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week. Here’s what it means to you. In short, there are no changes right now. The court decision won’t affect your 2019 or 2020 Florida Blue health plan. If you’ve signed up for a new plan for next year, you can still look forward to using all the benefits and extra perks that you’re expecting. Details On Wednesday, a federal court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that people have health insurance was...

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Spread Some Holiday Cheer with These Last-Minute Health Gifts

Posted on Dec 19th 2019 by Latondra Steele

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Some say the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But not for you. Because it’s also the season for gift giving. Bah humbug! But you’re no Scrooge. You actually enjoy giving gifts. What you don’t look forward to is figuring out what to get for the special people on your list. Has your holiday gift shopping fallen victim to procrastination? Are your loved ones tired of receiving a scarf or tie from you year after year? If so, there’s still time to turn things around. This year...

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After a 20-year hiatus, Latondra recently relocated back to the Sunshine State and now works as an internal communications consultant at Florida Blue. As a true communications explorer, she enjoys helping people and organizations say the right things to the right people at the right time. She has a BS in Journalism from Florida A&M University and a MS in Communications from Purdue University. You can follow her on Twitter at @ Steele_I_Rise, especially if you’re a guinea pig owner!

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Why You Need a Flu Shot and Other Key Flu Facts

Posted on Dec 17th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Flu cases are on the rise in Florida and across the country. The best way to protect you and your family is to get a flu shot. Have questions about the flu shot and why you should get one? We’ve got answers. Remember, flu shots are available at no additional cost to Florida Blue members who get them at network doctors or pharmacies like Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walgreens. Some pharmacies give gift cards to those getting a flu shot. Medicare members can earn $20 in HealthyBlue Rewards for getting...

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Five nonprofits win $10,000 donations from Florida Blue Foundation for #GivingTuesday campaign

Posted on Dec 16th 2019 by Toni Woods

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The Florida Blue Foundation joined the “GivingTuesday” movement to kick off the giving season by hosting the social media campaign #FloridaGives. Centered around the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, the campaign received a record 5,273 entries from Florida residents who nominated Florida 501(c)(3) charities online or using the hashtag #FloridaGives. Many entrants uploaded selfies with signs naming their charity and why they support it. Five nonprofits were randomly selected to each receive...

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Toni Woods is a Senior Media Relations Consultant for Florida Blue. She has worked in communications for more than 20 years in the health care, energy and sports industries, working with media around the world. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Florida Blue and Papa Partner to Address Social Isolation, Improve Health Outcomes

Posted on Dec 5th 2019 by Florida Blue

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We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Papa, a nationwide provider of senior services, to offer Florida Blue members in select Medicare Advantage plans assistance with transportation, house chores, companionship, and other senior support services. Social isolation is a significant issue for aging adults and can have a major impact on overall health. Papa, which connects college students to seniors, removes some of the burden and stress on family caregivers and provides a level of...

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