Nationally recognized experts on health care reform and building healthy communities will share their expertise at the Florida Blue Foundation’s Community Health Symposium on April 19-20 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. The 2017 event, Creating a Culture of Health, features sessions, roundtable discussions, professional development and networking opp [...]

GuideWell Source’s Tom Anderson is more than just the chair of this year's Jacksonville JDRF One Walk, he’s a prime example of the organization’s positive impact on those living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Anderson, who serves as Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Secretary for GuideWell Source, the parent company to the government administrative and claims processin [...]

We recently sent letters to some Florida Blue members whose provider is part of the VitalMD group, letting them know that their doctor may not be in their health plan’s network after March 31. We know that this is disappointing news, and we want to be sure that it’s clear what is happening right now. Our goal is to make sure our members have easy access to quality care [...]

Change in a Heartbeat

Posted on Feb 27th 2017 by Betsy Appelsies

“The doctor would like to see you in the consultation area.” Hearing those words last week at Florida Hospital Orlando made my stomach drop. My husband, Gary, had been in for a routine [...]

Did you know President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February would be known as American Heart month back in 1964? We’ve come a long way, but heart disease and stroke are still leading causes of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Now is a great time to learn how to keep your heart healthy so you can celebrate all o [...]

In February 2007 we turned heads in the health care industry by introducing the first Florida Blue Retail Center, at St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. It was something the market had never seen before: a stand-alone store for health insurance. At a time when more and more consumers were starting to shop on the Internet, committing to brick-and-mortar was a bold and, perhaps, risky [...]

“When it rains, it pours” is a proverb meaning that sometimes, misfortunes tend to follow in quick succession or arrive all at the same time. We’ve all been there – looking for an umbrella to get us out of the storm. Deanna Stewart, a Referral Specialist at University of Florida’s UF Health Women’s Specialists in Jacksonville, recently had her own personal downpour, but through a lot of hard wo [...]

Have you ever stood in line at a pharmacy and marveled at the countless number of drugs sitting on shelves behind the counter? It seems like there’s a drug—sometimes more than one—for every health condition.  For the last 20 years, I’ve cared for family members who take a mix of prescription drugs. My 19-year-old so [...]

  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.  Take this quick quiz  about cer [...]

If you’re a parent, you know the feeling of watching your child accomplish major milestones in their development: you remember when they said their first word (hopefully it was your name!), when they first started to crawl (they were into everything!), and when they got their first teeth (oh, those long and sleepless nights!). The minute the first tooth breaks through the gum line, your baby ca [...]

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