Be Prepared for Hurricane Season 2020

Posted on Jul 31st 2020 by Florida Blue

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Hurricane season is upon on us, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 st until November 30 th 2020. As you make a list of necessary supplies, consider your impact on the environment, most supplies are reusable or recyclable, but bottled water can be both challenging to find and costly. Avoid the stress and anxiety of searching for bottled water by purchasing reusable water jugs and containers, these can be the type you see at sports games (the orange coolers), or these handy, easy...

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Nurse’s Quick Thinking Saves Member in Crisis

Posted on Jul 28th 2020 by Florida Blue

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It was 10 a.m. on a Monday when Kida Tisdale, RN case manager, called to check on her patient Byron*. The 43-year-old Florida Blue member from Jacksonville was struggling with some serious health challenges. Not only was he diabetic, but he had also been hospitalized twice in recent weeks for other issues and was recovering from major surgery. In her role as a nurse with Florida Blue’s Place of Delivery care model (PODs), Tisdale often cares for high-risk patients. The PODs coordinate care for...

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Florida Blue again named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion”

Posted on Jul 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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We have earned a score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey for initiatives to support employees with mental health and caregiving programs while at the same time providing more than $1.5 million in charitable donations to programs that support people with disabilities. Top-scoring businesses are recognized as Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion. Florida Blue was among 139 companies nationally to receive a score of 100, which it has received all six years the survey has...

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Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards Provide Nearly $500,000 to Honorees

Posted on Jul 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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The Florida Blue Foundation has recognized individuals, programs and organizations that are addressing issues of poverty and opioids/substance abuse with its annual Sapphire Award for excellence and innovation in community health. Those recognized represent communities throughout the state of Florida. A total of $470,000 was awarded to six winners and a finalist. As the 2020 Sapphire Awards dinner did not take place due to coronavirus concerns, the honorees will be recognized at the 2021 dinner...

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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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