Florida Blue Extends Period for Payment of Premiums

Posted on Jul 2nd 2020 by Florida Blue

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We’ve extended the time you have to pay your premium for individual members and groups. So even if your payment becomes past due or is already late, you’ll have additional time to make payments, at least through August 1, 2020. The extension applies to Affordable Care Act, Medicare Supplement, and other individual health plan members, as well as most of its employer group health plans. In addition, Florida Blue is working with their self-funded ERISA employers to assist them in meeting the...

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We’re Here for You—Now More Than Ever

Posted on Jul 2nd 2020 by Florida Blue

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While some aspects of life are beginning to shift to a “new normal,” that doesn’t mean you aren’t still feeling effects from the coronavirus. We know times may be tough, and there are lots of unique challenges we’re all facing, but we aren’t going anywhere. We’re here to answer your questions and get you the care you need. If you purchase Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans for your coverage for you and your family (not through your job), here are some specific ways you can get extra support to...

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

Posted on Jul 2nd 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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Focus on Your Health as You Ease Back into Life

Posted on Jun 30th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Remember those days when you and your friends would stake your claim to a patch of sand on your favorite beach just big enough for your towels, chairs and a cooler? We’re not there yet. Or those days when your family would hit the park for a soccer game, then celebrate at the ice cream shop? We’re not there yet, either. Or when you worked side-by-side with your coworkers all day, then stood shoulder-to-shoulder with them in a crowded after-work hangout? Also, not there yet. Most of us are ready...

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Virtual Dental Care Now Available

Posted on Jun 30th 2020 by Florida Blue

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We’re here to help relieve some of the stress you may be experiencing right now. That includes finding safer, more convenient ways to get you access to health care—including urgent dental care. Due to the coronavirus health concern, dental offices are being told to limit their services to emergency and urgent situations only. Your health is our top priority, so we’ve made special arrangements with our in-network dentists to provide emergency virtual dental assistance over the phone or through...

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Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses and Sunburn This Summer

Posted on Jun 26th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Thinking about spending time outdoors or enjoying time in the summer sun? With the warmer months come many outdoor activities. If you’re going to be outdoors this summer, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay safe this summer. Know the difference between UVA & UVB rays: There are two types of rays that can harm your skin. Ultraviolet Type A (UVA) rays are present during all hours of daylight. They’re responsible for...

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Tips From A Jaguars Trainer For Staying Cool This Summer

Posted on Jun 26th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Welcome to Florida, where it's easily 90 some degree by the time you roll out of bed, make breakfast and feel ready for that daily workout session. We know it can be challenging to find the motivation to exercise outdoors during the humid and hot summer months. So, how can you stay fit and active, outdoors, in spite of our tropical weather? We took our question to Rod Scott, an assistant athletic trainer with the Jacksonville Jaguars Here's what this professional trainer had to say: Hydration...

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Social Isolation: A Prescription for Poor Health

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue Medicare works closely with the Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) to make sure our members can find needed resources in their communities. FCOA President Dr. Christine Cauffield wrote this message about the effects of social isolation on older adults and what to do to combat it. Social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality in older adults. Individuals age 60 and older who report feelings of loneliness have a 45 percent higher risk of death. Isolated seniors...

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Getting Your Health Safely Back on Track

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Now more than ever, it is critical that you continue to make your health and wellbeing a top priority. As the state continues to reopen and we adjust to our “new normal,” remember there are ways to receive the care you need safely. Log in to My Health Link (your member account) at floridablue.com/medicare. Check your health and wellness reminders. See if you have any open health activities eligible for earning HealthyBlue Rewards. Then call your doctor for an appointment to review your health...

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New to Telehealth? Here’s How to Prepare

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more doctors than ever are offering telehealth visits. Florida Blue Medicare members now also have virtual visits through Teladoc ® , at no extra cost to you. But if you’ve always gone in person to see your doctor, switching to a virtual telehealth visit may sound a little intimidating. And you may wonder if you’re getting the same quality of care during a virtual visit as you would if you were sitting face to face with your doctor in an office...

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