A Taste of Florida at the Florida Classic

Posted on Nov 15th 2018 by Chef DeJuan

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I am back at the Florida Blue Florida Classic for the fifth year in a row, and I couldn’t be happier . T he Classic is one of my favorite events and I love sharing great recipes with the attendees, many of whom I meet year after year. Once again, we will set up in the Fan Fest area next to Camping World Stadium. Joining me at the Fan Fest will be a number of Florida Blue team members. We hope to wow attendees with a truly interactive and immersive experience. Attendees can create their own...

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Chef DeJuan Roy is a Food Network winning executive chef with over two decades of experience. DeJuan has presided over five-star kitchens, NFL catering services, and historic venues, most recently the Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville. He hopes to share his passion for fine dining and healthy eating since he firmly believes food nourishes body, mind and soul. He is married with two children and lives in historic Springfield in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Our Partners Are There to Help our Medicare Members

Posted on Nov 14th 2018 by Florida Blue

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Ever get a call from someone saying they are reaching out “on behalf of Florida Blue?” With so many phone scams targeting older adults, you might not be sure if you can trust the caller. That’s why we want to share some of our partners that may call you from time to time on our behalf. We partner with several health companies to help make it easier for our BlueMedicare members to get services at no extra cost. Our partners may reach out to you to offer their help. Whether we call or they call,...

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Easy Steps to Renew Your Health Plan for 2019

Posted on Nov 12th 2018 by Florida Blue

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Key dates: December 15: last day to renew or enroll if you get a tax credit from the government December 31: last day to renew or enroll if you don’t qualify for a tax credit Your 2019 Florida Blue health plan benefits and coverage should have arrived in the mail. Here are some easy-to-follow steps that’ll help you through Open Enrollment. Save Time: Automatically Renew Your Plan for 2019 1. Check your member account to see a comparison of your 2019 benefits and premium with your new 2019...

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Florida Blue Offers Grief Counseling to Tallahassee Community

Posted on Nov 7th 2018 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering support to local residents affected by the recent tragic event in Tallahassee. The company is providing the community access to specially trained behavioral health counselors via a 24-hour, toll-free help line: 1-833-848-1762 . Additionally, on-site grief counseling is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Tallahassee Florida Blue Center – 2116 Apalachee Pkwy (850-558-3061...

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We support Tallahassee

Posted on Nov 5th 2018 by Florida Blue

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On November 2, 2018, an armed man killed two people and wounded at least four others at Hot Yoga Tallahassee. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims of this senseless act of violence and to their families and loved ones. In addition, we are heartbroken at the loss of Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, one of our own team members, in the shooting in Tallahassee. Nancy was beloved as chief medical officer for Capital Health Plan, a sister company to Florida Blue. Her passion for improving the health of...

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Health is the New Wealth

Posted on Nov 4th 2018 by Latondra Steele

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You probably own a Fitbit or know someone who does. It’s estimated that one in five Americans will use a fitness tracker product by the year 2021, which will pump over $20 million into that industry. If you went to the gym last year, you contributed to the 5 billion trips people in the U.S. took to workout. Gym membership fees alone generated over $25.8 billion in revenue. Have you added organic foods to your diet? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spent $50 billion on organic foods and...

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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 Blue is Ready for Open Enrollment - South Florida Consumers Should Be Too!

Posted on Nov 2nd 2018 by Penny Shaffer

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Florida Blue is not only one of three insurers currently selling Affordable Care Act plans in South Florida, it is also the state’s largest — with more than one million policies sold across Florida through the ACA marketplace. As members across the state and nation prepare to choose a new plan, renew their existing plan, or enroll in an ACA plan for the first time, it is important that they understand what they are buying and what they get. The “total cost of ownership” includes not only the...

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Penny Shaffer is the South Florida Market President for Florida Blue, a leader in the state’s health industry. In this role, she leads the company’s regional plan for growing the business and the brand, as well as community, stakeholder and employee engagement. Penny is the recipient of numerous awards in health care and civic leadership, most recently the Power Leader of the Year from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Claude Pepper Award in Healthcare from United Homecare. She leads and is active with a number of area non-profit and civic groups and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami.

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How to Know If Florida Blue Is Contacting You

Posted on Nov 1st 2018 by Florida Blue

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We’ve been made aware of unsolicited, automated calls being made to individuals throughout the state that start with a message about open enrollment approaching, and then claiming to offer medical plans from “Blue Cross” and other insurers. These calls are not from Florida Blue nor anyone representing our company. We wanted to make sure you know about this scam so you don’t become a victim. Also, we want to remind you how to tell when we really are calling you, so you don’t worry. On occasion,...

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Top 5 Questions People Ask When Shopping for Health Plans

Posted on Oct 29th 2018 by Florida Blue

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When it comes to choosing a health plan that's right for you and your family, one size does not fit all. Let one of our agents help you tackle the questions you have. Open enrollment starts November 1!

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What CMS Star Ratings Mean to You

Posted on Oct 23rd 2018 by Florida Blue

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Similar to how you use stars to rate a restaurant or hotel, CMS uses a five-star quality rating system to measure the experience people with Medicare have with their health plans and health care system. Every year, the government reviews all the Medicare plans in the country. They look at things like member satisfaction, customer service and patient safety. Then, they give each plan a rating from one to five stars, where five is the best. These star ratings make it easy for you to compare the...

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