Our Intuitive Premium and Plan Compare Tool Helps You Make Informed Choices

Posted on Nov 11th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Choosing the right insurance plan should be a thoughtful and informed decision without having to go through a cumbersome and clumsy process. That’s what makes our intuitive Premium and Plan Compare tool so valuable. Members who buy individual or family plans on their own can quickly see how key factors in their current plan—such as premium, benefits and potential tax credits—compare to 2020 options. If you like what you see, you can renew with one click. If not, you can explore other Florida...

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What CMS Star Ratings Mean to You

Posted on Nov 7th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Making sure people with Medicare receive safe, quality care is one of the main goals of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It’s our goal, too. You deserve a Medicare health plan that works hard to help you manage your health and get the care you need. That’s one of the reasons CMS uses star ratings for Medicare Advantage plans. Star ratings let you know if your health plan’s Medicare members receive high-quality care. Every Medicare health plan receives a yearly star rating...

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Florida Blue and Lyft Team Up to Offer Rides to Doctor’s Appointments

Posted on Nov 4th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue is working with Lyft, a transportation network, to offer Florida Blue members with Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual plans Lyft rides to their doctor’s visits. Having access to reliable transportation for medical appointments is a significant issue for health care consumers across the nation. In fact, millions of Americans miss medical appointments each year due to lack of transportation, and these missed appointments have a dramatic impact on the health care system, leading to...

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The Florida Blue Florida Classic – It’s More Than a Rivalry

Posted on Nov 2nd 2019 by Latondra Steele

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This weekend, tens of thousands of people will descend upon Orlando. To visit Disney World? Nope. (Sorry, Mickey!) They’re here for the 40 th Florida Blue Florida Classic. This historic rivalry between two of the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) and the Rattlers of Florida A&M University (FAMU), draws alumni and supporters from both colleges from around the country. The gridiron rivalry between the two teams dates...

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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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Florida's Crown Jewel Is Our Reef And We Aim To Protect It

Posted on Oct 28th 2019 by Marilu Cristina Flores

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Did you know that Florida is home to the third largest barrier reef system in the World? That’s right, right off our shores from Martin County to south of Key West lies the Florida Reef Tract. A spectacular ecosystem akin to a rainforest; that provides food and shelter to thousands of marine species –not to mention protects South Florida from damaging impacts of hurricanes. Reefs are an integral part of life in Florida, but some years ago a mysterious disease began imperiling our Florida Reefs...

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Marilu is a veteran of the entertainment industry, her career in entertainment spans over thirteen years having worked with some of the most prominent creative media houses known, including, Warner Brothers, MTV and Universal Pictures. In 2014, she shifted gears to begin working as a digital marketing professional. Prior to her work at Florida Blue, she worked for Keurig in Waterbury, Vermont. Marilu is incredibly passionate about our oceans, wildlife, and conservation, and has been featured as a guest speaker at conferences nationwide for her knowledge and expertise on Marine environments and the issues affecting our oceans. A Miami native, she holds a degree in Tropical Coastal Ecosystem Resource Management from the University of Queensland and sits on several Marine Science and Conservation nonprofit boards.

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Unsure About A Flu Shot? Ask A Smart 6-Year-Old

Posted on Oct 23rd 2019 by Marilyn Young

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Last year’s flu season was one of the longest in the 40 years the government has been keeping track of the data. The season before was the deadliest, with about 80,000 people dying. And still, fewer than half the people in the United States get a flu shot. It’s hard to miss the reminders. They’re in pharmacies, doctors’ offices, grocery stores and on television. Some companies have days where their employees can get their flu shot on-site. But, Dr. Kelli Wells said, getting a flu shot may still...

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Marilyn Young spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining Florida Blue.

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You Really Do Need That Mammogram

Posted on Oct 18th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Maybe you’ve skipped your mammogram once or twice. There are good reasons not to. Regular mammograms have reduced breast cancer deaths by 40 percent since screening began in the mid-1980s, according to the American College of Radiology. Mammograms arm you against breast cancer A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray of the breast tissue. If you have a tumor, it will likely show up as bright dense blotch on the X-ray. You can get your regular mammogram screening at no extra cost as part of your...

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Keep Your RA at Bay

Posted on Oct 15th 2019 by Florida Blue

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If you have rheumatoid arthritis, swollen joints can make it hard to do normal things, like opening a jar or using a pair of scissors. Most RA sufferers would describe relief as going days in a row without pain and stiffness. If left unchecked, RA can lead to more pain and joint deformity. Is there a way to lower the chances the disease will make it hard to do everyday things that make life enjoyable? Doctors say early treatment and lifestyle changes are your best options. Prescription drugs...

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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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