The new health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, brings a lot of changes and we know you probably have a lot of questions. So, what is a subsidy and how can it help you pay for health insurance? You may be able to get help paying for part of your health insurance plan. That is called a subsidy. Check out the video below on What is a Subsidy? Getting Help Paying for Health Insurance. It will give you some information on the two types of subsidies, which can help you understand health care reform a little better!
Blood Pressure: What is it exactly?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls. It’s determined by measuring both the amount of blood your heart pumps and the resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The result shows two numbers: the top number, called systolic pressure, measures the blood’s pressure when your heart beats. The bottom number, called diastolic pressure, measures the blood’s pressure between beats when your heart relaxes. When the force of the blood in the arteries is too high for too long, it becomes a life threatening condition called hypertension (high blood pressure). This makes your heart work too hard, hardens the walls of the arteries and can cause your brain to hemorrhage or your kidneys to function poorly, or not at all. Here are some ways to find out what your blood pressure number is, as well as how to measure your blood pressure and how you can monitor it.
There are 19 million young adults across the country that lack basic health coverage. Are you one these 19 million people? If so, we’re here to help you understand what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act (or health care reform), by providing information and resources to help find the coverage you need.
Having high cholesterol can put you at risk for developing such diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. The main risk of high cholesterol is coronary heart disease and your blood cholesterol level has a lot to do with your chances of developing this disease. What you need to know about cholesterol is very important to your health, no matter your age. Becoming more educated on nutrition, diet, exercise and managing stress can help prevent high cholesterol. Below are some facts, tips and things to avoid when it comes to managing your cholesterol.
ICD-10 arrives Oct. 1, 2014, requiring the US healthcare industry move from outdated ICD-9 codes to an updated International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) of medical diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes. The transition should be seamless to patients; however, the change is epic for the healthcare industry.
(Open Line Friday is offered in cooperation with representatives from Mayo Clinic, Baptist Health South Florida, Tampa General Hospital, Availity, Secure EDI, The SSI Group, and The Springs Family Medical Center.)
Matthew Ketterman, Director of Business Solutions at Availity®1, LLC is a regular panelist of Florida Blue’s “ICD-10 Open Line Friday” monthly collaborative healthcare provider teleconference.
In April 2014, innovators from across the state will share their ideas for revolutionizing the quality and delivery of healthcare in downtown Tampa — and they may receive a chance to make those ideas reality.
On Monday April 7, 2014, at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, Florida students from across the State of Florida will be pitching their ideas for innovations in healthcare. Winning student presentations will receive cash prizes of up to $10,000.00. Florida Blue executives will be on the panel at the event that will evaluate the presentations, along with local business professionals and USF faculty.
Ovarian cancer lurks in the shadows hoping no one will notice it. And no one does. It’s free to go undetected and slowly kill tens of thousands of women each year. I watched for three years while it slowly took my mom.
Occasionally, I wonder if we did enough for my mom. I even wonder if she did enough for herself. Blame, blame, blame. She did the best she could. And so did we. But my mom was remarkable. She was strong. Giving. Smart. Creative. Funny. Everyone loved her. And she was everything to me.
Living a healthy lifestyle involves many choices, including a healthy eating plan that focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat dairy. While many people think it costs more to eat healthy, that’s not always the case. If you plan ahead, you can slash your grocery bill and still bring home healthy foods for your family. One idea is to read your grocer’s circular and plan your weekly meals around sale items and seasonal produce. You can also use coupons to save money. All it takes is a little time and know-how to take advantage of great deals that are healthy for you and your budget.
February is Heart Health Month and is a great time to start making some simple changes for a healthier heart. When you’re cooking (and snacking), try a few of these substitutions recommended by the American Heart Association. It’s easy to do, and you may not even notice the change (but your heart will).
Health care is something all of us need at some point. No one likes getting sick or hurt. Having health insurance will pay for preventive services and a part of the cost when you’re sick or hurt — sometimes a big part. Here is some information on how health insurance works!
Dr. Stewart, a physician and Medical Director at Florida Blue, shares her remarks regularly, as a program panelist, at the conclusion of the health insurer’s monthly healthcare provider ICD-10 teleconference, “Open Line Friday”. ICD-10 arrives Oct. 1, 2014, requiring the US healthcare industry move from outdated ICD-9 codes to an updated International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) of medical diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes. The transition should be seamless to patients; however, the change is epic for the healthcare industry. (Open Line Friday is offered in cooperation with representatives from Mayo Clinic, Baptist Health South Florida, Tampa General Hospital, Availity®1, Secure EDI, The SSI Group, and The Springs Family Medical Center.) Continue Reading »
Florida Blue mobile app has been given a fresh new face! Now it’s even easier to find health care information on the go. All of the convenient features that our members use regularly are still available.
After log in, the features below are personalized based on each member’s plan:
Some days grabbing breakfast can be difficult, especially when you’re in a rush to get out the door and head to the office. This cherry vanilla smoothie has great fruit that supplies natural sweetness, beneficial fiber and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant foods that contain thousands of natural chemicals and when consumed may help prevent diseases.
Last year, we wrote a blog post on “Ways to Shop the Florida Blue Plan” which mentioned all the different methods you can shop for a plan. These methods are:
68% of Americans have a BMI, Body Mass Index, over 25 (this combines “overweight” and “obese”). 33.2% of Americans, nearly 1/3, fall in the “Obese” category, that of having a BMI greater than 30. The prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased in the past two decades and continues to be a health concern for adults, children and adolescents in the United States. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health concerns such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.
So the question is, why are we gaining so much weight?
Health care reform brings many changes to may businesses and people. Florida Blue wants to keep you up to date of all changes, as we know that it can be a very confusing time. Here are the top 5 questions about health care reform to better educate you.
A couple of months ago I made one of the best decisions when it came to my overall wellbeing and I joined a CrossFit gym. I am so happy with the results thus far – not only have I lost weight and gained muscle, I have started to develop some really great friendships.
Before I started this new fitness journey I was a bit leery of CrossFit, due to all of the negative articles about the sport I had read online. Determined to separate fact from fiction, I sought out some local CrossFit gym owners to have them validate why I should consider taking up the sport of fitness.
Sara Esidore and Amber Langston are the owners of CrossFit 14, a gym (or “box” in CrossFit lingo) in Wesley Chapel, Florida. I sat down with Sara to ask her a few questions on how to stay safe and what to look for in finding the right CrossFit box for you.
ICD-10 is an enormous change for healthcare providers, particularly with all of the mandates we’re now facing. This may be why so many physicians consider the ICD-10 mandate burdensome. This physician-perceived burden has manifested into great resistance. I liken this to the stages of grief, in terms of how practitioners may be where they are right now in those stages. Unfortunately, it feels like a lot of our practitioners are in the “denial stage” in that they haven’t yet begun, or have done little, to prepare for ICD-10.
We often take for granted the incredible job our feet do supporting us day in and day out. In fact, most of us pay very little attention to our feet, until they hurt! Considering that our feet contain roughly one-quarter of the bones in our body – along with more than 60 joints and 200 muscles – it’s really no wonder that many of us will experience foot problems at least once in our lifetime. Here are 4 Ways to find the best footwear for healthy feet.
On the surface, Family Care Partners of Jacksonville doesn’t exactly look like the future of health care. Actually, it looks a lot like every other modern doctor’s office you may have visited, though it is certainly one of the largest in terms of number of locations and number of employees (including more than 30 physicians and nearly 300 staff members).
Welcome to Florida Blue, and thank you for choosing us for your health insurance needs. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us and are committed to providing personal support to all of our members. However, with so many people enrolling in the new health plans, we are experiencing call volumes significantly higher than typical, which is resulting in longer than usual hold times. We wish this was not the case and are doing everything possible to help people who have applied for January 1 coverage to complete the enrollment process. We want to share some information with you that may help you to answer your immediate questions.
Many things affect your resting metabolism, a process causing us to burn calories even while resting or working at our desk. Exercise can play a huge part in the amount of calories we burn each day, though exercise has little affect on our metabolism while resting. Research shows metabolism increases during exercise, meaning more calories are burned as we are using fuel from our body. The amount of calories you burn depends on the time, type and intensity of exercise plus your normal metabolism at rest (A.K.A. your resting metabolism).
After the decorations are put away and the kids are back in school, it’s time to plan for the year ahead. If you’re like most of us, the New Year brings new resolve to change habits and make commitments to health and wellness. Whatever your age or stage in life, it’s never too late to make positive, healthy changes. Here are some smart ways to create health habits in 2014.
At Florida Blue, we understand that maintaining good health begins with the ability to read, write and comprehend letters and numbers. This is why we are supporting Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! January 13-17, 2014.
At Florida Blue, we share the goals of the Affordable Care Act and want to see it succeed. That is why we have worked with policy makers at every level of government to discuss ways to prevent the premium increases that will result from the many taxes, fees and rating restrictions that are in the law. But that is not all we are doing in anticipation of ACA implementation. Florida Blue has also been leading the way in changing the way health care is delivered by working with providers to lower costs and increase quality of care. Taken together, our efforts to improve the law and adapt to the changing healthcare landscape it creates will put our members and all Floridians in the best possible position to benefit from the changes ahead.