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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Bring on the Heat! Tips for Healthy Summer Cookouts

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Summertime and grilling are synonymous with summertime memories, celebrated with family and friends. Nothing stirs up nostalgia quite as efficiently as a barbecue, they are a great way to enjoy time with your family in the backyard or at a local park. But safety is paramount when enjoying the grill, so here are some tips to have a healthy and safe cookout. Remember that social distancing is still in place, be sure to follow local orders for enjoying parks and outdoor spaces. Maintain 6ft...

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Firework Safety Tips

Posted on Jun 25th 2020 by Florida Blue

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela . Happy Fourth of July! We hope your day consists of barbeques, a cool swimming pool or dip in the ocean, and that you are as excited to celebrate our Nations Independence Day as we are. We know it's easy to forget "safety first," but we want to help keep you out of the emergency room or urgent care this holiday. So here are some great tips on firework...

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Our Pledge of Support to Tackle Systemic Racism

Posted on Jun 19th 2020 by Florida Blue

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GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care; Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer; and Florida Blue Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Florida Blue, today announced $25 million in investments over five years to organizations focused on diversity and inclusion and health equity in the communities the organizations serve. The commitment coincided with the launch of the company’s Equity...

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We're Providing $50 Million in Health Care Cost Relief to Commercial Fully Insured Customers

Posted on Jun 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, announced today additional actions being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: For Commercial Fully Insured Employer Group Health Plans: One-Month Reduction in Premium: Fully insured employer group customers will be provided a 15% reduction in premium costs to be applied to the billing statement issued in June for their July invoices. Extension of Waiting Period Waiver through Sept. 30: Employees of fully insured employer group who have...

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Florida Blue triples COVID-19 community investments to over $7 million

Posted on Jun 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, announced it is more than tripling its COVID-19 community investments to over $7 million. In March, the insurer provided an initial $2 million to organizations across the state to address urgent health and safety needs. Florida Blue will invest an additional $2.5 million to provide access to testing and health care, food security and other essential needs for Floridians. Additionally, the insurer plans to contribute more than $2.6 million to...

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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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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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