As we shared on our Florida Blue blog last November, you may soon receive a new red, white and blue Medicare card. Medicare wants to help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards as [...]

Have you thought about trying a plant-based diet? Being a vegan means you abstain from all animal products (including meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs and even honey). Studies have linked vegan diets to lower rates of heart disease and stress. The key to eating healthy on a vegan diet is planning. Planning is crucial so you don’t miss out on essential nutrients or end up eating too many [...]

There are more reasons you need your Annual Wellness Visit than you think. You’re healthy, in good shape and the type who never gets sick. You don’t need to see the doctor every year then, right? Not so fast. Checking in with your doctor regularly is important, even if you’re healthy. Here are a few reasons you don’t want to skip your Annual Wellness Visit. To set a base [...]

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? If you’re a tech novice who prefers pen and paper to emails and texts, this article has tips and tricks to help you use your member account and get the most out of your Medicare health plan. And if you are a pro who eats, sleeps and breathes [...]

Your blood pressure is high. Your cholesterol is through the roof. Concerned, your family doctor refers you to a cardiologist. You’re worried, so you call the office to make an appointment as soon as you get home. Their next open appointment is in two months. You call your doctor back and get another name to try—only to learn that office has a three-month wait. This is a problem [...]

Think you know everything about your medications? You may not. From when to take your medications to where you keep them, there’s a lot to know about your drugs. Your medications can interact with each other and even with your vitamins and supplements. And where you store your prescriptions can sometimes make them less effective. We’ve gathered some advice from pharmacists here to help you get [...]

What’s better than taking care of yourself? Taking care of yourself and getting rewarded for it. On March 1, Florida Blue launched the 2018 HealthyBlue program for Medicare Advantage members*. Through HealthyBlue, you can earn gift cards for getting the tests and services you need. It’s easy. All you have to do is sign up and find out what screeni [...]

Pop quiz: When you think about using your new Medicare health plan, how does it make you feel? A. Prepared to tackle any health challenge that comes my way! B. Ready, but if I'm honest, a little intimidated by the stack of papers I got in the mail. C. I'm not even sure where to start. No matter whether you answered A, B or C, we're here to help. We want to make s [...]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will issue new cards to people with Medicare beginning April 2018.  What is Changing?  CMS wants to help protect people with Medicare by removing private information from their Medicare cards. They’re making important changes t [...]

Being Healthy Together

Posted on Nov 6th 2017 by Florida Blue

Looking for ways to have fun with family and friends… and be healthy?  Try out these activities: Get moving: If you’re looking to get your blood flowing, a group class with qualified instructors can be just the place. And there is no shortage of options, from tai chi to aqua aerobics. Don’t f [...]

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