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U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with a coalition of Republican states that, since earlier this year Congress repealed the tax penalty for not having health insurance, the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional.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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Better You Strides Helps Conquer the Holidays

Posted on Dec 4th 2018 by Florida Blue

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Self-care is the perfect way to recover from the chaos of the holidays. And the perfect place to start is Better You Strides, powered by CaféWell ® , a free online wellness program that uses your needs, goals and interests to build your customized plan to better health. Let Better You Strides to guide you through the steps to wrap up 2018 on a positive note and make 2019 your best year yet! A Personal Plan for You Better You Strides creates a Personal Health Itinerary ® for you—a custom-made...

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Get Care After-Hours and Online With Sanitas Doctors

Posted on Dec 4th 2018 by Florida Blue

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I f you live in South or Central Florida and you’re not already taking advantage of all that Sanitas Medical Centers have to offer, then you’re missing out! At a Sanitas near you, you’ll get personalized care for you and your whole family. Here's what you can expect at Sanitas Medical Center: More time with your doctor Same-week appointments Onsite labs and diagnostic tests Extended office hours After-hours doctors on call Online chat One place for all your day-to-day health care needs Stay...

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Florida Blue Gives Back: South Florida Edition

Posted on Dec 4th 2018 by Marilu Cristina Flores

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We feel very fortunate to serve the residents of the beautiful state of Florida. In South Florida, Florida Blue employees engage in numerous charitable programs and volunteer days of giving. This includes everything from encouraging children to develop and express their creative visions, to helping young adults in underserved areas explore the wonders of reading and develop a passion for books and learning. Did you know every year Florida Blue joins forces with the Miami Heat to serve over 3,...

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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 currently acts as the Surfrider Foundation's Regional Coordinator in Florida.

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Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Health Insurance Plan

Posted on Dec 3rd 2018 by Tony Jenkins

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It’s the time of year when many of us select our health insurance plans for next year. Deciding which plan is right for you and your family can sometimes feel overwhelming; you want to make sure you select the right plan to protect you and your family. Here are some questions to ask to help you evaluate your options: What is the total cost? The amount you pay each month for your health insurance is only one part of the total cost of a health plan. Think of it like a car. The price of the car is...

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Tony is the Market President for the Central Florida Region of Florida Blue. Prior to BCBSF, Jenkins served as Director of Diversity for CSX Corporation, the largest rail network in the eastern United States. Before joining CSX, Jenkins spent 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company in various management roles. Tony is very active in the Orlando Community. He is the past Chair for United Arts of Central Florida and the current board Chair for Florida Institute for Community Studies. He also currently serves on the Boards of The Central Florida Partnership, Orlando Economic Development Commission, Florida Citrus Sports, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and he is a Board Trustee at Stetson University. In January, 2014, Tony was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.

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Teachers Who Make Learning Fun and Interesting

Posted on Nov 30th 2018 by David Pizzo

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Teachers played a very influential part of my life during elementary school. Whether it was my uncle, who was a teacher and taught me many of life’s lessons when I was away from school after my parents’ divorced or it was the teachers who led my classroom, they were significant figures in my life. Two that really stand out are my fourth-grade teachers Ms. Alfonso and Mr. Patrillo. As students, we would spend time in each of their classrooms, and I remember extraordinary synergy between them in...

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David Pizzo is Florida Blue’s Market President for West Florida. He is responsible for operations and local engagement in 14 counties ranging from Pasco and Hernando counties to Tampa Bay to Southwest Florida. Throughout his career, he has actively supported education including serving on the University of South Florida President’s Council Society and Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, St. Leo University College of Business Advisory Board; USF Muma College of Business Advisory Board and Eckerd College President’s Associates. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in pharmacy from Rutgers University and a Master’s of Business Administration in marketing and international business from NYU’s Stern Business School. 

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Easy tricks to eat healthy this holiday season

Posted on Nov 29th 2018 by Florida Blue

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The holiday season is filled with hustle and bustle of shopping, parties, family get-togethers, and lots of food. You don’t have to miss out on all the fun. Here are a few simple tricks to keep you on track this holiday season. Don’t skip meals You may think you are saving calories for later, but most people tend to overeat when they skip a meal earlier in the day. Instead, try a fiber-filled snack to help you feel full and avoid overeating at the party later. Step away from the table It’s hard...

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My Kind of Classic

Posted on Nov 15th 2018 by Latondra Steele

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Imagine an abstract painting with orange and green brush strokes clashing with maroon and gold ones. This is what the city of Orlando will look like this weekend for the 39 th Florida Blue Florida Classic. This historic matchup between the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) Wildcats draws alumni and supporters from both schools from all over the country. More Than a Weekend Expect some Classic-goers to start arriving in Orlando on Thursday. Some...

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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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