Everyone should have an equal opportunity to thrive in life no matter what zip code they reside in. But for people who live in places where economic and heatlh disparities are high, their chances of achieving optimal health and well-being diminish. That's why GuideWell is launching the Growing Resilient Communities statewide well-being challenge. The goal is to accelerate the development of place-based approaches focused on addressing economic disparities in underserved communities in Florida. “This challenge aims to identify resources, tools, programs and novel approaches that...

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When COVID-19 made its way to Florida last year, there were a lot of unknowns. The symptoms changed often in the early weeks and months after the virus arrived here in March 2020. It was unclear why some people were more susceptible to the virus than others. And there wouldn’t be a vaccine for another nine months. So much uncertainty naturally led to frustration, concern and even fear for the doctors and nurses trying to navigate those uneasy waters, including the staff at GuideWell Emergency Doctors. It tested them personally and professionally. But it also brought them closer...

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Looking back, it’s been a challenging year. None of us could have imagined how much the COVID-19 pandemic would change every aspect of our daily lives. Through it all, it’s been inspiring to see the compassion, resilience and determination demonstrated across every corner of our communities. We’ve all come together to be there for each other when we needed each other the most. Now is a time to look forward. All around us, there are moments of hope that show we are turning a corner on this pandemic. Many businesses are reopening. Schools are preparing to resume in-person...

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March 31, 2021

We all witnessed the extraordinary and disturbing events that took place Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. I shared with my team this week that although our country is deeply divided, the things that unite us are always stronger than our differences. At GuideWell and Florida Blue, one of our Corporate Values is respect. We’ve leaned heavily on that value lately, and we must continue to do so. Wednesday’s events remind us how important it is to remain committed to listening to each other, respecting each other and finding common ground. Violence has no place in...

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January 8, 2021 unrest, Pat Geraghty

By: Sonya Ferris, Enterprise Communications He was standing on a ladder to clean out a roof drain when the unthinkable happened. Kevin*, a 47-year-old man from North Florida, lost his balance and fell to the ground, fracturing both elbows, his left shoulder, and left kneecap upon impact. The injuries were so severe that he spent 19 days hospitalized at a local trauma center and rehab hospital and required five surgeries. Kevin’s wife and father, John*, immediately became his caregivers—and realized they would need help navigating the complexities of the health system....

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December 8, 2020 nurse, health advocate

This year has brought many challenges to our industry. But for GuideWell, 2020 is so much more than a story of tribulations. It’s a story of how we’ve overcome adversity in powerful and meaningful ways. You may recall last December, we highlighted our enterprise’s 10 big wins for 2019. I find it only fitting to carry on this tradition this year by highlighting how we’re staying true to our mission through an unprecedented year. This is what reimagining the future of health care looks...

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John Ramil, chairman of GuideWell’s board of directors was just named the 2020 Governor’s Business Leader of the Year Award! In coordination with the Governor, the Florida Council of 100 highlights a Florida business leader who has excelled in both the business world and the civic/philanthropic world as a model leader for the state. The intent of the award is to recognize consistency in stewardship of Florida, involving service over a lengthy period. The award is presented annually by the Governor during the Council’s Fall General Membership Conference, which recently...

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Full Transcript: Pat Geraghty Thanksgiving 2020 Video Message Thanksgiving is a special time of year, and even more so now in a world that’s dramatically changed because of COVID-19. This is the perfect time to take stock in what we’re grateful for: Family, friends, neighbors and everyone else who brings something special to our lives. I am thankful for all of those things and more, including the incredible GuideWell team. In a year where COVID-19 changed so much for our business, you quickly pivoted to make sure our members got the care they needed and learned how to stay...

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November 23, 2020

There’s no more important time to have affordable quality health care coverage than in the midst of a crisis like COVID-19. We kept that in mind as our team prepared for the annual Open Enrollment Period for 2021. Our members’ needs have changed from even just a year ago. That’s why we expanded myBlue, our most affordable plan, to 36 counties. We made sure our premiums are even more affordable in 2021. We increased the amount members can earn in rewards incentives. And virtual health will play a more prominent role than ever – so we’ve got members covered...

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November 19, 2020 open enrollment, health coverage

As COVID-19 cases topped 10 million across the country last week, and hospitalizations hit an all-time high, we are hearing some encouraging news. The drug manufacturer Pfizer has announced that early data indicates its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective. They’re seeking emergency use authorization, which could make the vaccine available to some before the end of the year. And the FDA has issued emergency authorization for an Eli Lilly antibody therapy to treat mild to moderate cases. That said, there has never been a more important time to make sure we’re doing...

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