What is a Video Visit? Doctor On Demand

fhcpdodFlorida Health Care Plans has announced the addition of a new health benefit to its medical plans, Doctor On Demand!

Doctor On Demand (DOD) provides video visits with board certified physicians and licensed psychologists via smartphone, tablet or computer, and is available to members enrolled in FHCP medical benefits. The Doctor on Demand co-pay will be similar to a PCP co-pay.

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Wear Red on February 5 for Women’s Heart Health

Heart-in-handHeart disease is the leading killer of women in the U.S. It takes more lives every year than all forms of cancer combined. Many women don’t even realize they are at risk. They still think that heart disease is a “man’s disease.” Meanwhile, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, nieces, daughters, coworkers, neighbors and all the other important women in our lives need to know this important information.

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Green Thumb Tips for Protecting Your Foliage During a Florida Freeze

GardeningIt seems like summer was just yesterday and now it’s time to start thinking about the Florida winter.

As much as we were sweltering just a few months ago in the summer sun, it will get downright chilly come January and February. But while you can dig out a jacket or coat, your outdoor plants and foliage can’t. You’ll want to do some planning so that your garden isn’t dead when spring rolls around.

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Creative Ways to Use Recycled Goods in Décor

Five colorful ornaments on Christmas background

Did you know that we’re in the “trash” season – as well as the holiday season? According to the EPA, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day the average amount of household trash increases by 25 percent! All of this extra trash during the holidays can add up to one million tons of waste per week.

The holidays should be a time for friends, family and happiness – but taking steps to stay eco-friendly is important, too. You don’t have to buy new decorations or wrapping this year. By using recycled materials in your holiday décor you’ll save money, break out of the cycle of buying too much and reduce the waste we all create at the end of the year.

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Help Make Our Armed Forces Merry This Season

Holiday DecorationsThe holiday season can be difficult and busy for anyone, but even more so for our armed forces.

Troops who are stationed away, and their families, can feel the brunt of the separation during this time of year. Veterans, as well, can struggle during the holidays. The sights and sounds of the season can trigger social isolation, irritability, depression and more. Offering members of our armed forces and their families extra support this time of year is part of saying “thank you” for their service.

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Don’t Be Surprised by a Tax Penalty for Your 2015 Taxes

Healthcare Reform Tax PenaltiesThe end of the year is just around the corner, so that means that tax time is coming up, too.

As you prepare your accounts for the end of the year, keep your health insurance needs and spending in mind. If you were able to file for 2014 taxes without penalty, don’t assume that your 2016 taxes will be the same. Many consumers were surprised last year when they were subject to a large penalty for not having health insurance.

The penalty was designed to prod consumers to purchase from the Healthcare Reform Marketplace. However, there was some confusion over what that penalty would be on the part of the consumers. The $95 minimum penalty was taken as gospel.

“People would hear the $95, quit listening, and make an assumption that was what their penalty was going to be,” said Chuck Lovelace of Liberty Tax Service in a Washington Times article last year.

If you were surprised by a penalty for your 2014 taxes, don’t be shocked next year. The penalty is based on household income and not a flat rate. According to TurboTax, the average penalty in 2014 was $301 and is set to rise higher in this next year.

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FHCP Open Access Flu Shot Program

Open Access Flu Shot Program

If a Florida Health Care Plans Primary Care or WorkForce Wellness location is open then flu shots are available.

**Flu shots will not be administered at the Holly Hill FHCP location.

Questions?

Call The Flu Shot Hotline 1-866-281-5812
Open Access Flu Shot Program

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If You Want to Stay Healthy: Get All Your Vaccinations!

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services sent this bulletin on 04/17/2015

Like many kids, I grew up watching Sesame Street. So, imagine my excitement when I finally got to meet Elmo! I have to tell you that Elmo created quite a sensation around my office when he came to visit us at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a few weeks ago. He was a rock star! I explained to him that, as Surgeon General, it is my job to help everyone stay healthy.

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Close Up on National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Children standing outside school busThe National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) National Youth Violence Prevention Week is March 23 – 27. This is a good time to talk to your children about diversity:

How do you talk to your child about diversity? It can be a difficult subject for parents.

Do you try to teach your children to be “colorblind” when they go to school and out into the world in dealing with other people?  The fact is that there are people that your children go to school with from different backgrounds who have different outlooks, religious beliefs, customs and ways of doing things. Ignoring these facts will not change them.

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