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.
Since 1984, I have volunteered my time to Little League Baseball and Softball as an umpire and instructor. I was even invited to Williamsport, Pa. in 1998 to call games at the Little League World Series.
In 1989, Little League began a new baseball division for mentally and physically challenged youth called the Challenger Division. Soon after the national launch, our local league put out the word that we were going to support this program and we quickly formed two teams with more than 40 players.
Health isn’t just your physical state; health includes your mental, emotional, social and behavioral aspects too. A shining example of good overall health is the team effort put forth by the Florida Blue Foundation and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC). The value Jacksonville Children’s Chorus provides our community isn’t just healthier, happier kids; they also help create a healthier community. It’s also Florida Blue’s Mission to help people and communities achieve better health.
Long ago, fats were considered not only something that could destroy a diet, but could also contribute to cardiovascular disease to diabetes. After many years of research, we now look as fats as a necessary item. While there are some fats that are bad, they are not all created equal. Below are five myths and facts about fats.
I’ve been committed to community involvement for many years and in various leadership roles and activities at my church. I would randomly choose a facility, signup and go clean, cook or serve in the capacity they needed most. I had contributed to the United Way of Northeast Florida for many years, but my time commitment in the community was less than my heart would have liked.
With as diet-obsessed as we are as a nation, you might assume that the most important number for you to know about your health is your weight. In reality, there are other figures related to your health that are more closely correlated to being healthy overall – and your weight isn’t one of them! According to sources ranging from American Heart Association, WebMD to Dr. Oz, here are five important health numbers you should know.
One thing about health care reform is that it may create some confusion for many individuals and come next year, there will be a whole new world as far as health insurance is concerned. Here are 10 things that will happen in 2014 under the affordable care act that may help you understand health care reform a bit better.
In January 2011 a business colleague introduced me to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and invited me to tour the facility. My schedule was full and I almost did not attend, but I didn’t want to disappoint my friend, so I showed up as a courtesy and planned to escape the second the tour was over.
Congratulations! You’ve made that important decision to get a series of health screenings, otherwise known as a personal health assessment (PHA). Maybe this is your first PHA, or perhaps you had one years ago, and you’re not certain what to expect when you go. How much time will it take? Should you bring anything? Will it hurt? No worries! Our own registered nurse from the Tampa Florida Blue Center, Mindi Denero, is here to help answer those questions and give some practical advice on what to expect. Be sure to read through to the end of the blog for a special members-only offer!
When I was younger, I made very poor life choices which allow me to relate to some of the places that the clients of Big Bend Cares are coming from; I just happen to be one of the lucky ones to escape a non-discriminating HIV/AIDS diagnosis.
I was working at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee when I met a nurse who was an employee with Big Bend Cares. She was visiting a patient I was taking care of in the intensive care unit who had been diagnosed with HIV but had not been compliant with his recommended medical regimen and was very sick with AIDS.
Not long ago, Caroline posted to Facebook to tell her friends about her experience dealing with a health scare. Instead of dwelling on her frustration in trying to find a diagnosis for her symptoms, Caroline sang the praises of our own Brad Behr, a Florida Blue service representative, who was able to give her the right customer support for her health care needs.
“I would just like to take a second and publicly thank customer service rep Brad at Florida Blue who spent 30 minutes on the phone with me to make sure a rare test was covered under my plan and to cross-check every possible exception…” she wrote on her Facebook page.
But, first, let’s back up to the beginning of her story. Continue Reading »
In my previous blog post on health care reform, I discussed some of the political and policy decisions that were made during the 2009-10 debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the implications that those decisions had in the drafting of the bill that became law. In the months and years since enactment of the ACA, many of those decisions were challenged both in the court of public opinion and in courts of law.
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Healthbox and Florida Blue are embarking on a road trip across the state this week to inform health care industry professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs about our Florida accelerator program launching at the end of July. Starting in Orlando then moving to Tampa and ending in Jacksonville, we are beginning our grassroots approach to unlock health care innovation across Florida. We support new technology-based solutions with the power to tackle health care’s largest challenges. Healthbox has a dual mission to empower Florida’s health care entrepreneurs, and to ignite the state’s health care ecosystem connecting the geographically diverse hubs of health care innovation.
“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.”
In today’s world, there’s a great deal of media focused on creativity and innovation. I for one am very aware of it as I am involved and know people who attend or run events like iStart Jax, Startup Weekend, BarCamp and HealthCamp. These events are where people come together to develop ideas that either solve a problem or enhance an already existing solution. There are even ideas and innovations that are specifically focused around health solutions.
In its fourth year, TEDMED is an annual conference that helps us recharge our brains and get an innovative look at the possibilities for health and medicine. The concept grew out of the famous TED conferences, nonprofit events devoted to ideas worth spreading. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.
For the last couple of years, Incepture has proudly participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of North Florida’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, so I was honored when they asked me to serve as this year’s corporate chairman.
One of the best things about working in the Florida Blue Center is the ability to make a difference in our local community. And as a native Southwest Floridian I think that is pretty cool! We support many different community-based organizations here in Southwest Florida, one of which is the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Continue Reading »
When you see a problem as challenging as childhood obesity, you might wonder if anything can truly be done to reverse it. Fortunately, there are groups here in Florida who run towards the problem with expertise, compassion and dedication. The Creating a Healthier Sulphur Springs for Kids initiative tackles childhood obesity by using a multi-faceted approach: implementing educational opportunities, policy changes and new programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Continue Reading »
It’s an interesting time for health care; Florida Blue is committed to helping the people and communities in Florida be healthy, so we’re always trying new innovative things to help health care makes sense. David Pizzo, Florida Blue’s Market President in Tampa, is helping lead this effort and is actively involved in community sponsorships, like the Art of Innovation event.
David will be taking notes as the key speaker, Guy Kawasaki, gives his perspective on innovation in the future. Mr. Kawasaki is the co-founder of AllTop, former chief evangelist of Apple and author to numerous books on innovation, social media and book publishing. Continue Reading »
Listening to the evening news, following the trending topics on Twitter or even just talking with your friends and family, it would be hard to avoid hearing about health care reform, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
What is health care reform? And how will it affect you, your family and your health?
As my Weight Watchers Leader Paula would say, “Stop falling in the hole and take another street.” When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 280 pounds. I was in denial about my weight. During one of the health fairs at the Florida Blue Center, I met with a local ophthalmologist who was doing retinal screenings.
When I last posted, I was in the throes of sleep deprivation and obsessing on a nightly basis over how to get my then 11-month-old to sleep for more than three hours at a stretch. We would put Henry to bed (never letting him cry it out) between 8 and 9 p.m. each night. We had a bed time routine (sort of) and he was sleeping in his crib in our room. It probably wouldn’t surprise you then to hear that Henry was still waking up three or four times a night to nurse and often times ending up in our bed around 4 or 5 a.m.
Sometimes a visit to your local Florida Blue Center is more than worth your time. Here’s a great story of helping member’s save money using the Florida Blue Center.
Mr. B stopped in the Winter Park Florida Blue Center after he learned he had a basal cell cancer spot on his nose. (Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, accounting for more than 90% of all U.S. skin cancer cases.) He explained to Ellen Smith, R.N., a Center care consultant, that his doctor had arranged outpatient surgery at a local hospital to remove the spot. Sounds like a good plan, right?
Not so fast… Continue Reading »