Speak Up and Stand Against Injustice

Posted on Jun 1st 2020 by Pat Geraghty

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Last Monday, we observed Memorial Day, the holiday when Americans honor the men and women who have died defending our country’s ideals serving in the U.S. military. And last Monday, George Floyd’s tragic, shocking death reminded us all that our country has a long way to go before its central promise of equality becomes reality. Last week and all weekend, the country reeled in pain and protest at George Floyd’s death, and with anger and frustration at the racism and inequality people of color...

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Patrick “Pat” Geraghty is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue and GuideWell Group, Inc. GuideWell is a mutual insurance holding company and is a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care. The holding company includes Florida Blue, GuideWell Connect, GuideWell Health, GuideWell Source and PopHealthCare.

Geraghty is active in leading professional and community organizations. He serves as the chair of the Florida Council of 100, a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization of Florida business leaders who advise the state’s governor on how to improve the economic growth of the state and the economic well-being of its residents. He also serves as a member of the board of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America’s health care system. Additionally, Geraghty is a member of the Oliver Wyman Innovation Center Advisory Board and serves on the boards of Pardee Rand Graduate School, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Tampa Electric Co. (TECO).In 2016 Geraghty became a member of the Health Governors Community of the World Economic Forum, the international organization for public-private cooperation, and a trustee for its Global Challenge Initiative on The Future of Health.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and has completed executive education programs at Harvard University School of Public Health and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Be Prepared for Hurricane Season 2020

Posted on Jun 1st 2020 by Marilu Cristina Flores

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Hurricane season is upon on us and this past weekend marked the start of Florida’s annual tax break holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 st until November 30 th 2020 and this years’ Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs from May 29-June 4. As you make a list of necessary supplies, also consider your impact on the environment. Personally, I choose to reuse and due to this choice, I avoid a ton of stress at the market and...

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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 sits on several Marine Science and Conservation nonprofit boards.

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Did You Recently Lose Your Insurance? We’ve Got Your Back

Posted on May 26th 2020 by Florida Blue

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We know times are challenging. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no more important time to have the right health plan to keep you and your family healthy. Countless businesses in Florida have closed temporarily or even permanently. If you’re one of the thousands who lost health coverage through your job, let our agents help you find a plan that meets your needs and your budget. The Affordable Care Act gives you 60 days from when you lost your employer-based coverage or had a change in...

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Skipping Doctor’s Visits Can Be Dangerous for People with Chronic Conditions

Posted on May 20th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Shortly after Dr. Deborah Stewart finished a webinar about high blood pressure, a note from a viewer popped in. The man said his blood pressure was 154 over 89, and he was already on the highest dosage allowed for his medication. But he wasn’t going to see his doctor because he was concerned about being exposed to COVID-19. That’s a dangerous approach, said Stewart, senior regional medical director for Florida Blue. Especially for people with chronic conditions like high blood pressure,...

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Rewards to Help You with Premium Payments and Medical Expenses

Posted on May 20th 2020 by Florida Blue

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We recognize many of our friends and neighbors in Florida are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to help lessen the burden. That’s why we’ve created more opportunities that can help you with premium payments and health care costs. Members with ACA Plans Can Earn Up to $500 Toward Premium If you purchased an Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan for you and your family (not through your job), you can earn up to $500 in 2020 toward your premium by...

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Advance Care Planning Provides Peace of Mind in Difficult Times

Posted on May 19th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Kathy’s mom had been sick for a while, but Kathy was starting to see major changes in her mom’s health. She knew she needed some guidance but wasn’t sure where to turn or what to do next. What were her mom’s wishes? And how could Kathy make sure those wishes were aligned with the health care her mom would need? Kathy isn’t alone. According to a 2019 analysis by the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management , 71 percent of Americans say they don’t know anything about palliative care—a type of care...

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Coronavirus Update: Florida Blue Increasing Access to Health Care Services for Members to Aid in Treatment

Posted on May 14th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Your health and the health of the communities we serve is our top priority. As we all adjust our lives in these rapidly changing times, please know our team is here to help you get through the hectic pace and help you find the care you need. The list of COVID-19 symptoms to be aware of has grown over time. They include mild to severe respiratory symptoms, including a cough and difficulty breathing, as well as a fever, diarrhea, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore...

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Florida Blue Provides $100 Million in Health Care Cost Relief to Members

Posted on May 12th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, today announced additional actions being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support: Premium Payment Period Extended: In April, Florida Blue announced it was extending the premium due date through May for customers who needed extra time to pay premiums as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis and would otherwise have been subject to termination of coverage. The time available to pay has been extended another month through the end of...

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Honoring Nurses During Nurses’ Week

Posted on May 12th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Throughout the GuideWell enterprise, there are many nurses in many different roles. National Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of nursing founder Florence Nightingale, is an exciting opportunity for our company to recognize the significant contributions of nurses in our organization. Recently, we caught up with a few nurses to hear more about how nursing has had an impact on their lives, especially during COVID-19. Kirsten Baker, RN, BSN, MBA, CHC |...

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Home Workouts Designed For You

Posted on May 11th 2020 by Florida Blue

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So what do you do if you want to keep up an exercise routine but you can’t go to the gym? And if it’s getting too hot to take walks in the middle of the day? Luckily, SilverSneakers® has an answer. All our Medicare Advantage plans include membership in SilverSneakers. Typically, that means you get access to thousands of gyms across the country at no extra cost to you. But when you need to social distance and heading to the Y isn’t an option, SilverSneakers also offers SilverSneakers On Demand...

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