Building a True Partnership to Help Older Adults

Posted on Dec 21st 2020 by Florida Blue

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Before Kevin Kenney got to know Margaret Lynn Duggar, he got to witness her influence. And it was an impressive sight. Kenney watched as people approached Duggar with such reverence and respect at the 2019 Florida Council on Aging annual conference. “It was like meeting the pope,” said Kenney, a vice president for Florida Blue Medicare, which partners with the council to help older adults across the state. Duggar has been an icon in senior services for most of her 76 years, having started as...

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Taking on the stress of COVID-19 one step at a time

Posted on Dec 16th 2020 by Marilyn Young

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For most of the year, people have been feeling the pressure of the life that COVID-19 has brought. Months of staying in our homes, which have doubled as offices for our work and classrooms for our kids. We’ve leaned heavily on technology like Zoom to be able to see our family and friends, but it’s not the same as a hug or a handshake. And we’ve felt it. Some more than others. We’ve been waiting for a much-needed sprinkle of hope, as Dr. Nick Dewan of Florida Blue calls it. Something to help...

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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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Learn More About Your 2021 Medicare Plan During Virtual Webinars

Posted on Dec 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Learn about your Florida Blue Medicare Advantage plan and feel confident using your coverage through our 2021 virtual member events. Starting in January 2021 and continuing through March, we’ll offer a variety of webinars on topics of interest to you. Here’s what you can expect: For 2021, we will hold our member welcome webinars <January through March>. You’ll get a calendar in your monthly email or letter (depending on your communication preferences) to let you know the sessions we’re...

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Home for the Holidays - College Edition

Posted on Dec 9th 2020 by Toni Woods

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Starting college in 2020 has been odd for our daughter, Mia, and thousands of other freshmen. Only two of her classes met in person, yet that was more than any of my friends' kids had, with most of their classes online. Masks were required everywhere on campus, inside and out. She never even met her dorm RA in person - they were only allowed to do Zoom meetings. No social gatherings in the dorm. However, Mia made the most of her first college semester. In addition to earning all A's,...

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Toni Woods is a Senior Media Relations Lead 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. You can read more about Toni's life as an empty nester here: https://oneanddoneemptynesters.blogspot.com/

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New Home Delivery and Specialty Pharmacy Providers Coming

Posted on Dec 7th 2020 by Florida Blue

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If you have a chronic health condition, having medications delivered to your home gives you one less thing to worry about and one less trip to the pharmacy. That’s why our members have the option of having their maintenance medications—those taken for ongoing conditions—delivered right to their door. It’s safe, convenient and saves money on automated refills and renewals for 90-day supplies of medications. Beginning Jan. 1, Express Scripts Pharmacy will replace AllianceRx Walgreens Prime as the...

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Spread Some Holiday Cheer with These Last-Minute Health Gifts

Posted on Dec 4th 2020 by Latondra Steele

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Some say the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But not for you. Because it’s also the season for gift giving. Bah humbug! But you’re no Scrooge. You actually enjoy giving gifts. What you don’t look forward to is figuring out what to get for the special people on your list. Has your holiday gift shopping fallen victim to procrastination? Are your loved ones tired of receiving a scarf or tie from you year after year? If so, there’s still time to turn things around. This year...

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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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Holiday Appetizers Made Easy by Chef DeJuan

Posted on Dec 1st 2020 by Chef DeJuan

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The word “holiday” is a noun or verb. As a noun, it is defined as “a day of festivity or celebration when no work is done.” Can you imagine that during the holidays, one could really get by without doing any work? I know from experience that lots of work is being done to ensure plenty of days of festivity. As a culinary professional, the holidays are often the busiest time of the year; therefore, as a husband and father, I struggle with contributing to the family celebrations. However, my wife...

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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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Tips to Make Your Holiday Celebration Healthier

Posted on Nov 29th 2020 by Florida Blue

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The cascade of holidays at the end of the year sometimes make it hard to finish the year on a healthy note, with so many parties, celebrations and delicious food. If you make it through Thanksgiving without an extra pound or two, that’s a good start. But the month or so that follows can test your willpower and your waistline. The annual holiday-palooza starts Dec. 10, with the first day of Hanukkah, and ends Jan. 1 on New Year’s Day. In between is Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa and New...

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Why #FloridaGives

Posted on Nov 28th 2020 by Sharon LaSure-Roy

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Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Recently, I had a chance to speak with Susan Towler, Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation and the Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility for Florida Blue, to chat about the work of the Foundation, the importance of Giving Tuesday and the #FloridaGives community campaign. Q: Susan, tell us about the Florida Blue Foundation and how it supports the Florida Blue mission of helping...

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Sharon is a daughter, sister, proud mother & well-loved wife. She calls herself a #socialmedia storyteller and definitely not a guru. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follower her on twitter at @sharonlroy and @chefandbride.

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CDC Recommends Staying Home This Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 24th 2020 by Florida Blue

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You know that close talker who always seems to corner you at large family gatherings? Or that goofy uncle you only see during the holidays who tells the same stories every year? You should be safe from both of those this year if you follow safety guidelines for holiday celebrations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home for Thanksgiving and celebrating only with people in your household. This comes as the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths...

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