Frequently Asked Questions from Medicare Members

Posted on Jul 5th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Do you have questions about what your Florida Blue Medicare health plan covers? You can always call Member Services at the number shown on the back of your plan ID card, but you might already have the answer at your fingertips. Your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) is an important legal document that explains what’s covered and how much you pay with your BlueMedicare plan. We update the EOC every year with changes to your plan. We send you a printed copy when you first become a BlueMedicare member...

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What to Know Before, During and After a Hospital Stay

Posted on Jul 5th 2019 by Florida Blue

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No one enjoys going to the hospital. Having to go back there after coming home for a short time feels even worse. According to the United Health Foundation, almost 15 percent of adults age 65 and older are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of leaving. Planning a hospital visit soon, or know someone who is? Here’s some advice to help ease your next hospital visit and ensure you don’t end up going back. Before Your Stay Know your Insurance Information. Have your insurance information...

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Kids Work Together on Take Your Child to Work Day

Posted on Jul 3rd 2019 by Marilyn Young

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Children brighten up any room. Imagine the effect about 250 can have. That’s how many were signed up for Tuesday’s Take Your Child to Work Day events at Florida Blue’s Deerwood Creek Campus. The day started with breakfast where Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Ruth, armed with a microphone, went to several tables, answering questions from the kids. How do you get so precise with your numbers? I’m that good, she joked. How long has Sunny (Florida Blue’s mascot) been here? Since 2013. Ruth asked...

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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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Short-Term Plans Can Provide the Freedom to Retire Early

Posted on Jul 1st 2019 by Florida Blue

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Dan loved his job. He’d been an accountant for nearly 30 years and he felt he could fill out tax forms in his sleep by now. Through the years, Dan had come to love boating. These days, he spent most of his free time on the boat, doing overnight or weekend trips or cruising the local waterways. Dan’s dream for his retirement was to see the world by boat, stopping in a new port every few days to explore, gas up and continue the journey. He’d been saving money and managing his investments so he...

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Firework Safety Tips

Posted on Jun 30th 2019 by Florida Blue

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela . Happy Fourth of July! We hope your day consists of barbeques, a cool swimming pool or dip in the ocean, and that you are as excited to celebrate our Nations Independence Day as we are. We know it's easy to forget "safety first," but we want to help keep you out of the emergency room or urgent care this holiday. So here are some great tips on firework...

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Giving The Opportunity of Sight To Those In Need

Posted on Jun 20th 2019 by Marilu Cristina Flores

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As a mission-driven organization we have long advocated for supporting the communities we serve. We are proud to highlight members who live by the same dedication to serving those around us. Aysha Miskin is one of those members, a talented fine artist based in Jacksonville, FL. Miskin was inspired by her own personal vision issues and contemplated how different her life would be without the gift of her glasses, which allow her to participate in the World. Many of us take our ability to see for...

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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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Three Ways to Increase Your Energy - Naturally

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If you’ve every browsed the shelves at health-food store, you’ve probably seen the super vitamin pills, grape seed extract and other tablets and tonics that promise renewed zest and energy. Not surprisingly, medical experts urge caution when using these products. Instead of popping a pill to restore long-lost vigor, here are three ways to promote better vitality, naturally. Eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods. With time at a premium, it's sometimes easier to skip meals or "graze" on whatever food...

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Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

Posted on Jun 12th 2019 by Florida Blue

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It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy! A cool splash in the pool, boogie boarding at the beach and sun bathing are great for enjoying the weather. However, they also put you at risk for getting a sun burn. Before you go outdoors, be sure to protect your skin from head to toe. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage and even melanoma. Here’s what you can do to protect your skin: Use sunscreen daily . Apply sunscreen every two hours if you’re swimming or sweating. Sunscreen should have an...

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Protect Yourself and Your Family from Measles and Hepatitis A

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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We’re seeing a resurgence of two serious diseases in the U.S.: hepatitis A and measles. It’s important to be sure you and your family have been vaccinated for these so that you are protected against these diseases. The two blog posts below will update you on the news, getting your shots and recognizing symptoms. Avoid Measles and Hepatitis A: Vaccines are Your Best Defense Not Sure If You Should Vaccinate? A Mom, Physician and Former Public Health Official Weighs In

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Make Sure You're Ready for Hurricane Season

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Here's how to make sure you’re prepared Be sure to review personal evacuation and emergency plans with your family. As part of your personal preparedness, you should have an emergency kit (make sure nothing in it is expired) and a method for monitoring emergency alerts from local officials. Ready.gov and the Red Cross both provide checklists for at-home preparedness and emergency response, as well as recommended items...

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