Boost Your Tech Knowledge With These Tips and Tools

Posted on May 8th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Technology can seem like it’s moving at lightning speed. New smartphones, constantly updated apps, wireless everything. It’s almost impossible to keep up. And for some, it can feel daunting. But it also can be a valuable asset and a learnable skill. Whether you want to log in to your My Health Link account, video chat with your grandkids or complete an online workout, here are some resources to help you become more tech-savvy. TechBoomers : TechBoomers (techboomers.com) is a website that helps...

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Working from Home Doesn’t Slow Impact of Florida Blue Center Teams

Posted on May 2nd 2020 by Marilyn Young

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Irene Seidt hadn’t heard from one of her elderly diabetic patients in a while, so she reached out to check on him. Seidt wanted to tell him that she and others in the Florida Blue Centers were working from their homes due to COVID-19 concerns. She wanted to see if he was taking the precautions they had talked about. And she wanted him to know that although his wife passed away last year, he was not alone. The 87-year-old man couldn’t believe Seidt had taken the time to reach out. That a nurse...

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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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The Heat is On: How You Can Stay Safe

Posted on May 2nd 2020 by Florida Blue

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Chances are you probably knew your body would change as you age. Your vision changes. Your hearing changes and we often move a little slower as time goes on. But did you know your body’s response to heat changes as you age, too? Adults over 65 face more health risks when they’re out in the heat or when there is a big temperature change. That’s why it’s so important to take precautions when you venture out on a hot day. With another Florida summer upon us and with more people going outside for...

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My Health Link: Your Partner in Health

Posted on May 2nd 2020 by Florida Blue

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When was the last time you logged into your member account, searched for a doctor online or Googled a disease? Today? A week ago? Or maybe, never? Even if you’re a tech novice who prefers pen and paper to emails and texts, our new member portal, My Health Link , can help you better manage your health, all from the comfort of home. Florida Blue Medicare's member website, My Health Link, is your online starting point for using your health plan. Once you sign up, there’s a lot you can do in My...

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Protect Yourself Against COVID-19 Scams

Posted on Apr 27th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Men dressed in white lab coats, masks, and gloves knocked on doors in South Florida neighborhoods, claiming they were from a government health agency and wanted to come in to test residents for COVID-19. Some people have received text messages saying they can get $1,000 as part of a federal COVID-19 stimulus program. All they have to do is click a link. And older adults have received robocalls offering to send free COVID-19 tests. The only thing needed to get the process started is the older...

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Advance Care Planning Provides Peace of Mind in Difficult Times

Posted on Apr 20th 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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Keeping Older Adults Connected While Staying Safe at Home

Posted on Apr 20th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Wendy Weiss knows it’s best to not get too close to her 83-year-old father right now. As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, keeping a safe distance will help older adults like her dad and his wife stay healthy. So, when Weiss arrived at her father’s home with some chicken soup, she went to the door, set the soup down and walked away. Instead of sharing a hug, they settled for a wave from a distance. Weiss is a registered nurse and director of care management at Florida Blue Medicare. For her,...

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Don’t Go Without Health Coverage—You Have Options

Posted on Apr 17th 2020 by Florida Blue

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There aren’t too many parts of our lives right now that haven’t been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. School is online for our children, family and friend get-togethers are postponed or done remotely through apps or Facetime, and routine outings have been turned into evenings at home. The most important thing to us right now is that our family and friends stay healthy. For some of us, the coronavirus has also affected our work and income. Maybe you lost your job and access to your health...

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Earn up to $500 in Rewards When You #StayHealthyatHome

Posted on Apr 17th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Earn up to $500 in Rewards When You #StayHealthyatHome While some aspects of life are slowly returning to normal, that doesn’t mean you aren’t still feeling the heavy impact of the coronavirus. The coronavirus has complicated life in ways we couldn’t have expected. That’s why resources like our online wellness and rewards program, Better You Strides, are helpful with staying connected and healthy while staying at home. To help you during this challenging time, we’re creating more opportunities...

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Proven Partnerships Provide Over 1 Million Meals in West Florida.

Posted on Apr 10th 2020 by Florida Blue

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We know hunger is a critical need during this challenging time. So, we are committed to working with community partners, to contribute the equivalent of over 1 million meals in West Florida. Our donations are part of a $2 million initial investment we made to address urgent health and safety needs across the state as a result of the crisis. In Sarasota and DeSota Counties, All Faiths Food Bank recieved $25,000, an equivalent of over 125,000 meals. 200,000 meals were made available to assist...

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