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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Healthy Teeth and Gums Are Important for a Healthy Body

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Did you know your mouth is full of bacteria? It’s true. No matter how well you brush, floss and rinse, more than 700 kinds of bacteria can be present. Some of the bacteria in your mouth are good. But too much of the bad bacteria can cause problems ranging from bad breath and cavities to issues in other parts of your body. Mouth and Body Health: A Close Connection Keeping your mouth healthy is especially important if you have certain medical conditions. When oral bacteria gets into the...

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Transitioning to Medicare is easy with BlueMedicare plans from Florida Blue

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Whether you’re going to be 65 soon, or are Medicare eligible due to a disability, let us help you choose a Medicare plan that’s right for you. With over 70 years in the biz, we’ve got the health care experience to make your transition to Medicare a happy occasion. You have options we’ll lay them out for you. There’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to Medicare coverage, so Florida Blue always focuses on you. We’ll explain how Medicare plans work and help you choose one that’s...

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Short-Term Plans Provide Coverage When You’re Between Jobs

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Stacy had a year of big changes. She’d built a house of her own in her favorite neighborhood. She’d taken up hiking to get her health on track. She started taking those art classes she’d been thinking about. She was getting more serious with her boyfriend and expected to be engaged soon. On a roll and feeling great, Stacy decided to make another big change. She decided to quit her job, take a few months off to recharge and then find a new position that better suited her. A bit of polish on her...

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Not Sure If You Should Vaccinate?

Posted on Jun 7th 2019 by Kelli Tice Wells, M.D

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Parents make decisions every day that they hope will keep their kids happy and healthy. What they eat. If they play an instrument or sport. Whether they need braces. Your child’s doctor can offer advice on a lot of important topics. One of the most vital is getting their vaccinations on time. Without vaccines, they’re not fully protected from certain serious illnesses. As a doctor, I made the decision to fully immunize my children. I couldn’t see a reason not to. There are so many diseases that...

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Kelli Tice Wells, M.D., joined Florida Blue in 2018 as Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs. She is the clinical lead for Florida Blue’s medical operations work in the areas of virtual health, social determinants of health, opioid overuse response, and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Wells’ interest in health disparities and culturally competent care began early in her training. Prior to joining Florida Blue, she was a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar and completed her NHSC service obligation in the Jacksonville area. Dr. Wells taught cultural competency for physicians and incorporated group and home visits into her clinical practice. She led patient-centered clinic flow redesign at numerous locations while serving as clinic Medical Director, Clinical Services Director and then County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Wells also worked at the state level where she led a statewide public health initiative to advance health equity and worked to incorporate its principles into the daily work of the department. Dr. Wells is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, and currently serves as chair of the Deans Council, Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. Dr. Wells received her bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University, her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her residency at St. Vincent’s Family Practice Residency Program.

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Florida Blue Foundation Recognized as 2019 Outstanding Community Partner at Florida Literacy Awards

Posted on May 24th 2019 by Toni Woods

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The Florida Blue Foundation received the Outstanding Community Partner Award at the 2019 Florida Literacy Conference, which was held on May 1-3 rd at the Daytona Beach Plaza Resort. Florida Blue has been a generous supporter and leader in promoting literacy and health literacy since it became the founding sponsor of the Florida Health Literacy Initiative 10 years ago. This statewide program, administered by the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC), provides training, resources and funding to assist...

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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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What's a Short-Term Health Insurance Plan?

Posted on May 22nd 2019 by Florida Blue

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John was excited…and nervous. Up until now, the most he had to think about was figuring out what he was doing every weekend. But things just got real. John accepted his dream job in Florida. This meant moving a few states away from his parents, getting his own place and footing the whole bill for the first time in his life. He knew he’d have to pay for rent, a car and car insurance, utilities and food. But last night when his parents sat him down to help him with a budget, he realized he hadn’t...

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At a Florida Blue Center Near You: June 2019

Posted on May 21st 2019 by Florida Blue

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Don't miss out on events at your Florida Blue Center. We welcome all Floridians! You don't have to be a member to get in on free events happening at your local Florida Blue Center. From health fairs and weekly wellness programs to special guest seminars, take advantage of these free events for you and your family. You can even bring a friend! See what activities are being offered this month, check your local center calendar for more details. Better You Nutrition 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25 and 7/2,...

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