It’s Time to Choose Your 2022 Health Plan

Posted on Nov 18th 2021 by Florida Blue

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Are you ready to renew your health plan for 2022? Now’s the time! Having the right health plan that fits your lifestyle and budget is important. But there’s also a lot to consider. Whether you’re considering keeping your current plan or shopping for a new one, we want to help make sure you’re prepared. Open Enrollment Dates If you’d like a Marketplace plan that includes financial help paying for the monthly premium (also called a subsidy), you can enroll from through December 15 for coverage...

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Time is running out: Your 2021 HealthyBlue Rewards dollars expire December 31, 2021

Posted on Nov 8th 2021 by Florida Blue

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Chances are good that you’ve earned rewards for taking care of your health this year. So, make sure to check your 2021 HealthyBlue Rewards dashboard. All rewards must be redeemed no later than midnight ET on December 31, 2021 and your rewards dashboard resets on January 1. * Learn how to report your screenings and redeem your rewards. HealthyBlue is a program that rewards you for getting tests and services you need. It’s our way of saying “thanks” for being loyal to your health! Don’t miss out...

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Health equity should be a right, not a privilege, for everyone

Posted on Nov 3rd 2021 by Florida Blue

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Being healthy shouldn’t be a privilege that is linked to where you live, how much money you make or the color of your skin. It should be a right for everyone. Driven by its mission to help people and communities achieve better health, Florida Blue has long been committed to addressing health inequities and improving access to high-quality, affordable health care. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on the systemic disparities in our health care system and the dramatic impact they...

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Florida Blue Foundation grant helps Children’s Home Society strengthen families

Posted on Nov 3rd 2021 by Marilyn Young

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When Aleiah was just a few months old, a home visitor from the Children’s Home Society of Florida scooped her up and started reading a book to the baby girl. Aleiah’s father watched as the woman brought the book to life by acting out the characters’ voices, including an elephant. It was something new to Aleiah and her father, who dreamed of a close bond with his children. Soon, he began reading to his daughter. Now, Aleiah regularly grabs a book from the shelf and snuggles with Daddy as he...

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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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Asking for help when you’re struggling is a sign of strength, not of weakness

Posted on Oct 29th 2021 by Florida Blue

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The road to mental well-being can sometimes feel long and lonely, especially these days. But Florida Blue members don’t have to walk the road alone. We are right beside them to support them. Florida Blue has put extensive resources in place to help the public on the issue of mental well-being, which is one of the three key drivers of health focused on by the Florida Blue Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. The connections between the physical body and the mind are deep. To effectively...

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A Mammogram Could Save Your Life Like it Did for This Woman

Posted on Oct 15th 2021 by Marilyn Young

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Delaying or skipping a mammogram, even just one time, could be hazardous to your health. Phyllis Ingram is living proof of that. It’s a story this Florida Blue employee shares to keep others from going through the terrifying health crisis she did. Phyllis had always gotten her annual mammogram but kept forgetting to schedule her screening in 2008. She finally called in March 2009 and got an appointment for early April. She wasn’t worried because her previous mammograms had been fine. In fact,...

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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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Trust issues linked to Black people getting vaccinations

Posted on Oct 15th 2021 by Marilyn Young

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For decades, Black people have been less likely to get a flu shot than people from other races. The same has been true for COVID-19 vaccinations. Some of the reasons for Black people not getting vaccinated date back decades, according to Dr. Cynthia Griffin, vice president of Medicare pharmacy programs at Florida Blue. They center on trust issues, misperceptions and fears. Other barriers include lack of access and/or transportation, gaps in health care access and transportation concerns. (Click...

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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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Do you need a flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine?

Posted on Oct 11th 2021 by The Better You Team

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The flu and COVID-19 are similar enough to cause confusion about vaccines. While the flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, they're caused by different viruses. And their vaccines use different technologies. That’s why health experts urge you to get vaccinated for both conditions. If you’re thinking the flu isn’t all that bad, think again. The flu can be severe and even lead to death. It usually comes on suddenly. Signs include fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, muscle...

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The Florida Blue Better You program allows employers to customize a suite of health and well-being options for their employees.

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Finding a reason and a purpose after breast cancer diagnosis

Posted on Oct 6th 2021 by The Mammography Team

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Belinda Fleischer is a single mom to an amazing son, an aunt, a daughter, a sister, a loyal friend, a nurse, a caregiver and a breast cancer survivor. Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do or why they happen to you? Often the reason may not become apparent until much later, when you have the chance to reflect. I went for my annual mammogram in August 2005, just like I had been doing the previous six years. I had been getting yearly mammograms because I had dense breasts and...

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Millions of women get their mammogram each year. Join them today! If you are age 50 to 74, schedule your mammogram by calling your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or an in-network Mammogram Imaging Center.

 

The Florida Blue health plan covers preventive screenings like mammograms at no extra cost when members see an in-network doctor or provider. For more information or help finding a doctor, go to Find a Doctor and More.

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Breast cancer picked a fight with the wrong chick

Posted on Oct 6th 2021 by The Mammography Team

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Sharon Hagins has two daughters and five wonderful grandchildren and loves to crochet and travel. She has worked at Florida Blue for 31 years. Sharon describes herself as a big advocate for early detection and yearly mammograms. Several years ago, I had a lump in my breast. To my relief, it turned out to be dense tissue. Since women with dense breast tissue are at a higher risk for breast cancer, I had a checkup and a mammogram every six months for the next four years, until I turned 44...

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The Mammography Team

Millions of women get their mammogram each year. Join them today! If you are age 50 to 74, schedule your mammogram by calling your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or an in-network Mammogram Imaging Center.

 

The Florida Blue health plan covers preventive screenings like mammograms at no extra cost when members see an in-network doctor or provider. For more information or help finding a doctor, go to Find a Doctor and More.

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