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Do you need Health Care Insurance?

GreatFlorida Insurance is committed to helping Floridians make informed decisions about their health care. Health insurance is designed to protect individuals and families from the high costs of health care.

Whether you are facing a pre-existing health condition, an emergency situation or just want preventative and wellness care, health insurance will pay part of your costs.

GreatFlorida Insurance offers coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, also known as Florida Blue.

We can help clear up any confusion about recent health reform, the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) and answer any of your questions concerning health care.

How does health insurance work?

Your health insurance plan is a contract between you and your insurance company.

You pay a monthly bill called a premium for the health plan and the insurance company agrees to pay part of the costs for covered medical services.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has four levels of coverage, bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

The plans have varying costs and coverage to meet your needs and budget. Another option includes a Catastrophic Plan for single people under 30 who qualify through financial hardships.

GreatFlorida Insurance can help you understand your choice of plans and options for health care through Florida Blue.

We will help you apply for and enroll in a plan that works best for you.

Affordable Care Act

In March 2010, President Obama signed into law, comprehensive health reform, Affordable Care Act, (ACA). The law makes preventative care more accessible and affordable for many Americans.

The health care law is designed to provide better benefits and expanding coverage while creating a stronger Medicare program.

What if I do not get health insurance in 2014?

If you can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it, you will be penalized and must pay a fee. The fee in 2014 is 1 percent of your yearly income or $95 per person for the year, whichever is higher.

The fee increases every year. In 2016 it is 2.5 percent of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher. In 2014 the payment for uninsured children is $47.50 per child.

New Options Include:

Floridians can find out if they are eligible for lower costs for private insurance or health programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, (CHIP) and enroll in health coverage.

Parents can keep their children on their health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

Insurers can no longer deny coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

In 2014, health insurers will no longer be able to charge more or deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.

Health insurance companies now have to spend at least 80 cents of your premium dollar on health care or improvements to care or provide you with a refund.

Insurance companies are required to publicly justify their actions if they want to raise rates by 10 percent or more.

Insurance companies are banned from imposing lifetime dollar limits on health benefits. The law also restricts the use of annual limits and bans them completely in 2014.

Preventative services such as colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, Pap smears and mammograms for women, well-child visits and flu shots for all children and adults, will be covered with no deductible or co-pay required.

Increases funding to community health centers

Strengthens Medicare Program

Increasing coverage for brand name and generic drugs

No deductibles or co-pays for preventative services seniors and people with disabilities

Extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by ten years

Simply call 727-595-6000 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Health Care Insurance Agent in Indian Rocks will help you find the best deal for you.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
12/4/2018

The Florida Department of Health recently issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in Hepatitis A cases across Florida,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.

Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida’s cases are beginning to mirror national trends.

The increase in hepatitis A cases to date is predominantly in the Tampa Bay and Orlando metropolitan areas. Unlike previous outbreaks, most of the latest cases do not involve international travel exposures.

Although infections have occurred across all demographic groups, approximately 68 percent of the recent cases are among males. The median age of cases is 37 years and the highest rates of disease are among persons 30-49 years.

The Mayo Clinic explains, “Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus in one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver’s ability to function.”

HAV is usually transmitted through person-to-person contact. The virus can also be transmitted from contaminated food, water or an object that’s infected. While mild cases do not require hospitalization, 77 percent of recent cases in Florida have required hospitalization. However, most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable illness. Most health insurance companies cover the cost of a hepatitis A immunization. Check with your doctor, pharmacy or walk-in-clinic.

“Hepatitis A vaccines are provided free to all Florida children 18 and under,” reminds Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance agency.

The Florida Department of Health says the best way to prevent the virus is through vaccination. Additionally, practicing good hygiene- including thoroughly washing hands after the bathroom, changing diapers and before eating and preparing food can prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

Symptoms of HAV include:

sudden nausea and vomiting

abdominal pain or discomfort

clay colored bowel movements

dark urine

loss of appetite

low grade fever

joint pain

jaundice

intense itching

Get your health insurance through a dependable company you know you can trust. GreatFlorida Insurance offers health insurance coverage through Florida Blue. Contact us today.

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/28/2018

Floridians can finally enjoy the arrival of dry season. With it brings relief from oppressive heat and humidity along with cold fronts and cooler temperatures.

However, the Florida Forest Service also reminds us, drier days increase the chance for forest fires. So far in this year, 93,000 acres have burned across the state.

“Following fire-safe practices can protect your family and home,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

To keep you and your home safe during these drier days, below are some tips.

Clear out dry vegetation-get ride of pine needles, dry leaves, dead palm fronds, dead sticks and twigs in your yard.

Don’t forget the roof-remove dry vegetation from the roof and clear out your gutters. Eliminate any overhang from trees as well. Cut any tree branches within 10 feet of your roof.

Mowing-cut dry weeds and grass before noon when temperatures are cooler.

Pick-up-keep woodpiles, propane tanks and combustible materials away from your home, garage or shed.

Water!

“To take your home protection a step further, the Florida Forest Service recommends creating a defensible space around your home,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of, GreatFlorida Insurance Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

A defensible space, is Fire Wise landscaping. It increases the likelihood that your home will survive a wildfire even in the absence of firefighters. The U.S. Forest Service explains, Fire Wise landscaping is designed to minimize the spreading of a forest fire.

Your yard is split in four zones. Each zone represents a certain amount of space that extends from your home.

Zone 1, 0-30 ft. “defensible space”-plant nothing flammable against your home.

Zone 2, 30-60 ft. “fuel reduction”-use raised beds, stone walkways and patios.

Zone 3, 60-100 ft. “transition zone”-driveways within this zone provide a break.

Zone 4, 100 ft. + “perimeter zone”-even at a distance, it is important to maintain vegetation.

GreatFlorida Insurance offers homeowners insurance to fit your budget and your needs. Give us a call or go online for a quote today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/20/2018

Tuesday, November 27, marks the seventh year of #Giving Tuesday. #Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. It is a day to celebrate and encourage donations and volunteer activities that support charities and non-profit organizations.

“Getting involved with a charity in your community is a valuable investment,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

The #Giving Tuesday website provides a directory to help you find charities and events in your community participating. Actually, thousands of organizations across Florida are participating. They are championing a variety of causes such as caring for seniors, displaced people, children, animals, charities trying to eradicate disease and abuses, those fighting for environmental issues and much more.

Ways to Participate:

  • Donate to your favorite charity or non-profit.
  • Volunteer your time at a local organization.
  • Start your own fundraiser on Facebook. The #Giving Tuesday website walks you through instructions.
  • Do something kind- pay an elderly relative a visit, bake cookies for a neighbor or offer to sweep sick friend’s driveway.
  • Document your activity on social media and spread the good cheer!

The entire family can participate. Teaching children the importance of generosity benefits them. They become less self-focused, while connecting with the world and the needs of others.

Giving enhances the life of the receiver as well as the giver, making our world a more compassionate place.

“Thanksgiving is an ideal time to express my gratitude to our phenomenal independent agents and their staff for all their hard work to make GreatFlorida Insurance a success. Also, a big thanks to all our customers. It is our honor and pleasure to serve you and your families,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

GreatFlorida Insurance is ready to protect your house and family with reliable homeowners insurance. Give us a call for a free quote today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
11/7/2018

Feds shut-down sham health insurance company

“Unfortunately,  health insurance is being used to deceive many Floridians out of thousands of dollars,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance company.

In fact, last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shut down a network of Florida companies that used aggressive and deceptive tactics to sell worthless health insurance products. Allegedly, the company collected more than $100 million by preying on people in search of health insurance, leaving tens of thousands of people uninsured. Many of the consumers have incurred substantial medical expenses and are stuck with thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills.

A complaint was filed in federal court against Simple Health Plans LLC, and the company’s owner, Steven J. Dorfman as well as five other companies including, Health Benefits One LLC, Health Center Management LLC, Innovative Customer Care LLC, Simple Insurance Leads LLC, and Senior Benefits One LLC.

The FTC alleges the defendants misled people into thinking they were buying comprehensive health insurance that would cover pre-existing medical conditions, prescription drugs, primary and specialty care treatment, inpatient and emergency hospital care, surgical procedures and medical and laboratory testing.

Customers enrolled reported paying up to $500 a month for what ended up being a medical discount program or extremely limited benefit program that left consumers uninsured.

Florida Blue warns customers about scam

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, also known as Florida Blue, wants customers to know it is not affiliated with phone calls claiming to offer plans from well-known insurers, including Blue Cross. The company has made it clear, they are aware of the calls and they are not from Florida Blue nor anyone representing the company.

In a letter written by Florida Blue to address to situation, they state, “When we call you, to comply with privacy laws we’ll always confirm we are speaking to the correct individual, first by asking for some personal information. However, we will never require you to give us financial or banking information, or ask for full social security numbers, over the phone.”

“Floridians receive a ridiculous number of robocalls pitching health insurance scams every year,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance company.

It pays to get your health insurance through a reputable company you know you can trust. GreatFlorida Insurance offers legitimate health insurance coverage through Florida Blue. Contact us today.

GreatFlorida Insurance is a authorized vendor of health insurance for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

GreatFlorida Insurance is a authorized vendor of health insurance for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
10/31/2018

For some drivers, vehicle longevity is paramount in selecting a car. Determined to capitalize on their investment, they will drive their cars into the ground.

“With regular maintenance, most cars last up to 100,000 miles,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.  Also, Consumer Reports says, the typical age of cars on the road is 11 years. On average, 1.2 percent of cars built every year makes it past 200,000 miles.

However, some cars far surpass the 100,000-mile mark and keep going. Researchers with the automotive website, iSeeCars.com, have complied a list of vehicles that are most likely to continue running well past 200,000 miles.

The data is based on analysis of over 13.5 million cars on the road, sold during 2017, from model years 1981 through 2017 with over 200,000 miles logged. The list is mostly comprised of larger vehicles, seven out of 10 vehicles most likely to pass 200,000 miles are SUV’s.

10. Honda Odyssey

9. Toyota Avalon

8. Toyota Tacoma

7. GMC Yukon

6. Chevrolet Tahoe

5. GMC Yukon XL

4. Toyota 4Runner

3. Chevrolet Suburban

2. Ford Expedition

1. Toyota Sequoia

“Most of the vehicles on the list are constructed with real durability, which must be a factor,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent car insurance agency.

Perhaps more triumphant than hitting the 200,000-mile mark are the vehicles iSeeCars.com, expects are likely to reach 300,000 miles. They include, Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet Suburban, Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition and the Toyota Tacoma.

Noticeably absent from the list are luxury cars. “Typically, luxury models have fewer cars that achieve the 200,000-mile milestone because these cars are often leased with contracts requiring lessees to keep the miles down,” says iSeeCars.com, CEO Phong Ly.

The longest-lasting luxury vehicles to meet or exceed 200,000 miles include, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX and Volvo XC 90.

If you are looking for dependable and affordable car insurance, give GreatFlorida Insurance a call today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
10/17/2018

Hurricane Michael was the 3rd most powerful storm to hit the U.S. The storm quickly escalated to a category 4 hurricane, making it the worst in almost a century. National Geographic reports, Michael had the three most critical characteristics for a hurricane to gain strength and make a big impact. Those include, warm waters, low wind shear (a change in wind speed or direction in a short distance) and a tight core, keeping the storm intact.

“In a span of 48 hours we watched the tropical storm grow to a worst-case scenario,” recounts Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance company.

While it has been a week since Michael made landfall, the impact was so devastating, crews are still searching for survivors in the hardest hit areas. Hundreds remain in shelters and over 100,000 are still without power. Many are dependent on food and water being air dropped to their areas. Bay county schools are closed indefinitely for over 26,000 students. Cell phone service is spotty, and it is difficult to fill a gas tank. To support victims, Verizon announced it would give a three-month credit to every Verizon customer in Bay and Gulf counties.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has established a website, floridadisaster.org, for storm victims, as an information hub. The website includes a list of open shelters, instructions on how to apply for disaster assistance, emergency supply distribution locations, updated curfews for each county, family reunification, boil water notices, debris reporting, insurance resources, available gas stations, power outage details, school closures, traffic, weather, a list of open camping areas, rumor control and more.

“At GreatFlorida Insurance, we are making every effort to provide our customers with a quick response so they can piece their lives back together,” says Ellsworth Buck Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance company.

Gov. Rick Scott, issued an emergency order that ensures additional protections to Florida insurance policy holders. According to the Insurance Journal, the order requires that insurers perform the following.

  • Freeze any rate hikes for 90 days.
  • Provide an additional 90 days to policyholders to supply required information to their insurance company.
  • Rescind for 90 days, all non-renewals or cancellations issued to policyholders in the days leading up to Hurricane Michael. This gives policyholders 90 days to either renew their insurance policy or find a new insurance policy.

For those interested in helping financially, Charity Navigator has highly rated the following charities. They will help by providing food, shelter, medical care and other necessities to victims of the storm.

Team Rubicon, https://teamrubiconusa.org

Samaritan’s Purse, https://www.samaritanspurse.org

All Hands and Hearts- Smart Response, https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/programs/hurricane-michael-relief/

Direct Relief, https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/hurricane-michael/

Many good Samaritans have packed up trucks with food and supplies to come and aid storm victims utilizing their own resources.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
10/2/2018

It’s fall in Florida, that means, football, pumpkin-spice and flu shots. October just started and there are already confirmed cases of the flu.

Last year, 80,000 people died from the flu in the U.S. The largest number of casualties in four decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Americans made 900,000 hospital visits. The CDC also reports last year’s flu season, was the most severe since the pandemic in 2009.

“There is really no reason to avoid a flu shot this year,” comments Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency in Florida. “It’s readily available, quick and for most people free.”

The Florida Department of Health recommends everyone over the age of six months old receive a flu shot by the end of October. The flu vaccine is convenient to get and available at most pharmacies such as CVS, Publix and Walgreens, walk-in clinics, public health facilities and your doctor’s office.

“Many health insurance companies cover the cost of the flu vaccine, but in case, check with your insurance beforehand to see if your plan requires your shot from a particular office or location,” reminds Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance agency.

The Florida Department of Health reports, “Influenza or the flu, is a respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. The “flu” is a common catch-all term used for a variety of illnesses, but it correctly applies only to the upper respiratory diseases caused by the influenza virus.”

While, getting a flu shot will not guarantee you will not get the flu, research shows people who receive the vaccination experience less severe complications. A CDC study in 2017, showed that vaccination reduced flu deaths among children with high-risk medical conditions by half and among healthy children by about two-thirds.

To keep updated of national and state flu activity, check out the Florida Health Department’s web page at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/influenza/index.html.

GreatFlorida Insurance is committed to helping Floridians stay healthy. Our experienced agents can offer you and your family quality health insurance policies to fit your needs while staying within your budget. Call us at 888-478-7801 or go online to www.greatflorida.com for a free quote today.

 

 

 

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