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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Kick That Lonely Feeling

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Loneliness is a tricky emotion to understand. Maybe you feel like you’re lacking attachments you once had, or you’re facing something new like an unfamiliar school, town, job or other life change. Perhaps you feel like you don’t have anyone to share your feelings and experiences with. Or you feel unlovable – even if others don’t think so – and aren’t sure why. However it presents itself, loneliness creates powerful feelings of emptiness and isolation, but it’s more common than you think. Nearly...

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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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Why #FloridaGives

Posted on Dec 1st 2019 by Sharon LaSure-Roy

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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Susan Towler, Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation and the Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility for Florida Blue, to chat about the work of the Foundation, the importance of Giving Tuesday and our new #FloridaGives community campaign. Q1: Susan, tell us about the Florida Blue Foundation and how it supports the Florida Blue mission of helping Floridians in their pursuit of health? Susan: The mission of the Florida Blue Foundation...

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Sharon is a daughter, sister, proud mother & well-loved wife. She calls herself a #socialmedia storyteller and definitely not a guru. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follower her on twitter at @sharonlroy and @chefandbride.

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Don’t miss deadline to get right plan for you

Posted on Nov 25th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Time is running out is to renew or buy your Affordable Health Care plan (also known as Obamacare) during the annual Open Enrollment Period. If you are good with the plan you have, then you’re set for 2020. If you have changes in your life’s circumstances, you may want to look at some of our other plan options. But hurry, Dec. 15 is the last day this year to buy plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace. What is new from Florida Blue for 2020? Our plans connect members to a large community of...

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Looking For Fun Weekend Plans? We Got You Covered

Posted on Nov 22nd 2019 by Florida Blue

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Cooler temperatures are expected all weekend long and with Thanksgiving approaching, you may have friends or family arriving from out of town to gather. If you're looking for some family-friendly events to get everyone together, we've got you covered! You can meet the team at your local mall. We are #WhereYouAre. We'll have Florida Blue activations at all of these events, so stop by pick up a giveaway prize and ask us about Open Enrollment, we're here to help and answer any questions you may...

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Tips to Make Your Holiday Celebration Healthier

Posted on Nov 22nd 2019 by Florida Blue

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The cascade of holidays at the end of the year sometimes make it hard to finish the year on a healthy note, with so many parties, celebrations and delicious food. If you make it through Thanksgiving without an extra pound or two, that’s a good start. But the month or so that follows can test your willpower and your waistline. The annual holiday-palooza starts Dec. 22, with the first day of Hanukkah, and ends Jan. 1 on New Year’s Day. In between is Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa and New...

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Let Better You Strides Guide You to a Healthier Life

Posted on Nov 22nd 2019 by Florida Blue

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Learning to build healthy habits can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to do it alone. Now you don’t have to. Our new Better You Strides online wellness program has self-guided interactive activities to lead you down a path to healthier habits. Ones that can help make 2020 a great year. And, as if getting healthier wasn’t rewarding enough, Florida Blue members 18 and older with an individual or family Affordable Care Act plan can earn up to $100 per year toward their premium.* The...

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Lyft program can help you get to doctor’s visits

Posted on Nov 20th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Access to transportation isn’t a given for millions of people, even when it comes to something as critical as getting to a doctor’s office. In fact, the American Hospital Association says 3.6 million people in the United States miss medical appointments each year because of a lack of consistent access to transportation. Recognizing this as a barrier to getting proper care, Florida Blue is ready to give members a lift. Access to transportation isn’t a given for millions of people, even when it...

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