Be Good to Yourself and Others This Flu Season

Posted on Feb 19th 2019 by Florida Blue

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This is your mother’s flu shot. And your grandma’s. And your partner’s. And your preschooler’s. And your college student’s. The truth is, when you get the flu vaccine, you’re protecting everyone around you. Everyone you love, all your neighbors, even the bagger at the grocery checkout line. The CDC reports that last winter we lost 80,000 people to the flu. So far this flu season, 19,000 flu-related deaths have been reported. At least 34 of those who died were children. Wouldn’t you do...

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Understanding Your BlueMedicare Drug List

Posted on Feb 19th 2019 by Florida Blue

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The best way to avoid surprises at the pharmacy is to know what your plan covers. You can find that information in your plan’s formulary (list of covered drugs). We mail you a new list of covered drugs each year. Log in to your member account at floridablue.com/medicare to find your drug list. Or find and download your plan's drug list on our Medicare website. When you open it up and look for a certain drug, you'll see something like this : First column: What's it called? The first step to...

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Five Reasons to Cut Back on Sugar

Posted on Feb 15th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Are you eating too much sugar? Even if you skip the cookie aisle at the store and say no to sugary drinks, chances are, your diet probably includes more sugar thank you think. At most, adults should only get about 10 percent of their calories from added sugar, according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This equals about 12 teaspoons a day for typical adults. However, most Americans are consuming about 17 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Why are added sugars a problem? Unlike...

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Encourage, Mentor and Take Time to Care

Posted on Feb 15th 2019 by Velma Monterio-Tribble

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Florida Blue is committed to helping people and communities achieve better health – this mission leads my work and encouraged me to find outlets to use my passion for education to encourage Floridians to achieve a better life. My parents, educators and extended family all mentored. They taught me as a young girl that education is something no one can ever take away from you. It is one of the pathways to achieve a better life. Last year, I was appointed to serve on the Board of the Florida...

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Velma Monteiro-Tribble is currently the Director of Grants and Programs at the Florida Blue Foundation. In her executive position, she is responsible for carrying out the vision, mission, strategic direction, management and supervision of the philanthropic giving decisions and investments across the state of Florida for the Foundation and Florida Blue. Prior to this position, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Treasurer at Alcoa Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY directing all facets of the business with a $500 million dollar global budget. Velma also served as an executive with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation working primarily on initiatives and partnerships in Latin America and South Africa. Velma has received numerous awards for her work, among them, the Urban Bankers Leadership Award and the National Woman of Achievement Award from the National Business and Professional Women Association. A respected author she is currently under contract to complete her book on women aspiring to take on leadership roles in the Corporate Suites. Currently Velma serves on several nonprofit boards, including Florida State College System Foundation, Jacksonville Urban League, Jacksonville Women’s Giving Alliance, and the Jacksonville Ritz Chamber Players. She is past chair of the Advisory Board for the Morehouse College International Leadership Center and has served on the boards of Seton Hall University, Highmark Foundation, Tampa Bay Community Foundation, and WQED Public Broadcasting, and other local, national, and international boards. Velma holds a B.S. degree from Stillman College, and a nonprofit management certificate from Case Western Reserve.

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Relationships Take Work

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February means candy hearts and Cupid’s arrows, but what if your sweetheart is driving you crazy? Whether you’re single, dating or promising forever, all relationships take work. Here are some tips on being a better communicator when things get complicated. First, understand that sharing your thoughts and feelings is not only beneficial for your mental health, but also a way to engage in healthy problem solving with your spouse or significant other. Talk about the tough stuff – at an...

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Hurricane Michael Impacts

Posted on Feb 11th 2019 by Florida Blue

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If you need an individual or family plan and you weren’t able to enroll in a 2019 health plan because of the hurricane, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period until February 16. Counties eligible for this extended SEP include: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington, Okaloosa, Walton, Jefferson, Suwannee, Madison and Hamilton. Even if you don’t live in one of these counties, you may still be able to qualify for a Special...

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Using Your New Medicare Card

Posted on Feb 10th 2019 by Anne Ebright

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As we shared on our Florida Blue blog last November, you may soon receive a new red, white and blue Medicare card. Medicare wants to help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards as well as your gender and your signature. You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you. The new card won’t change your Florida Blue coverage or benefits. You’ll get more information...

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Anne Ebright is a part of the Enterprise Communications team in Jacksonville, Florida. She is passionate about helping Medicare customers make sense of their health coverage. With six children all grown up, she enjoys spending time with her husband, walking their Yorkie and two Doberman Pinschers, and playing the piano.

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Celebrate With Us

Posted on Jan 29th 2019 by Florida Blue

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We’re thankful that you’re part of the Florida Blue family! To show our appreciation, we’re hosting events at Florida Blue Centers across the state on February 9 with food, fun, giveaways and more. Our Center staff is excited to meet you and tell you all that’s available to you there. There’s no cost to attend, and you can bring friends and family along. Plan to join us! Click on Center nearest to you from the list below to get all the details and RSVP. Miami Fort Lauderdale Palm Beach Orlando...

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What is an Advance Directive?

Posted on Jan 28th 2019 by Anne Ebright

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What if something happens where you can’t make decisions about your medical care? Do your family and loved ones know your wishes? It’s a topic everyone thinks about, but many avoid doing something about. You may think end-of-life planning is just for older adults, or for those living with an ongoing health condition. The reality is that people of all ages—you, your parents, and even your children—should have an advance directive in place. If you are a caregiver for a friend or loved one, you’ll...

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Anne Ebright is a part of the Enterprise Communications team in Jacksonville, Florida. She is passionate about helping Medicare customers make sense of their health coverage. With six children all grown up, she enjoys spending time with her husband, walking their Yorkie and two Doberman Pinschers, and playing the piano.

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What is a Prior Authorization and When Do You Need One?

Posted on Jan 25th 2019 by Florida Blue

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You deserve high quality service and care you can trust. We're here to help make sure that happens. To do this, we review requests for certain medical and pharmacy services. You may have heard this process referred to as making “Coverage Decisions.” We call medical requests “Organizational Determinations,” and pharmacy requests “Coverage Determinations.” Either you or your doctor can request approval for these services. As soon as we get a request to allow a service, we move into action. Our...

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