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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 850-378-2500 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Health Care Insurance Agent in West Pensacola will help you find the best deal for you.

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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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by GreatFlorida Insurance
9/6/2018

Animal related insurance claims

 Florida is known for its abundant wildlife population. Green space surrounds many of our highways, increasing the chances of an animal-auto collision.

“When driving at night, it is almost impossible to avoid a collision once an animal steps or jumps onto the roadway,” observes Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent auto insurance agency.

The U.S. Department of Transportation claims an estimated one to two million collisions between a car and large animal occur every year.

A recent study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), analyzes the number of animal-related insurance losses for the years 2014-2017.  All animal-related claims went up 6 percent over the four-year period.

The most common animals involved in auto collisions include: deer, racoon, dog, turkey, coyote with deer being the most frequent victim. Additional animals often struck by cars in Florida include the alligator, Florida panther, black bear and birds.

“If animal related accidents are a concern for you or you frequently travel near wooded areas, you might want to check out comprehensive coverage through your car insurance policy,” recommends Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent auto insurance agency.

Consider these wildlife-auto collision statistics from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

A collision with some form of wildlife occurs on average every 39 minutes.

The average repair cost of a car-deer collision is $2,8000.

Approximately 200 motorists die every year in car-wildlife collisions.

1 out of every 17 car collisions involve wandering wildlife.

89% of all wildlife collisions occur on roads with 2 lanes.

84% of all wildlife collisions occur in good weather on dry roads.

If you unexpectedly come upon an animal in the road while driving, experts advise not swerving. Consequences could be more severe if you hit an oncoming vehicle. It is recommended to hit your brakes, honk the horn and duck low behind the dashboard.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
8/23/2018

Good relationships between neighbors strengthen the community you live in, however conflict between neighbors can lead to serious tension, lawsuits and even violence. “Discerning between an annoyance and a true nuisance will help you decide what course of action to take,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Below are a few of the most common neighbor complaints and how to handle them graciously.

Noisy neighbors

Firing up the lawn mower at 7 am on a Saturday, a barking dog, loud music or parties can violate your peace.  Whether you live in an apartment, condo or home with a yard, noisy neighbors are unsettling. Addressing your neighbor about noise is best handled with diplomacy while keeping your cool. Dealing with the issue before it threatens your civility is recommended. If the noise continues to persist after making a request to your neighbor, check to see if your community has laws prohibiting unreasonable noise, a noise ordinance or designated quiet times. You can also contact your landlord, or neighborhood association.

“If it comes to it, reach out to law enforcement who are trained to handle enforcing noise ordinances,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

Overhanging trees

Trees contribute to the beauty of nature and provide wonderful shade; however, they are also the source of hostility between neighbors. Here is the lowdown on how to handle potential tree issues. You can cut back overhanging branches but avoid pruning a tree if it will cause damage to it. Most communities have laws against excessive pruning. It is a good idea to alert your neighbor before pruning. If a tree trunk straddles property lines, you and your neighbor both own the tree, so it is best to get your neighbors permission to prune.

Consumer Reports informs, if there is a hazardous tree belonging to you or your neighbor, the local government will often step in and handle the situation or force the owner of the tree to act. You can locate the appropriate agency by contacting city hall or the county courthouse. When it comes to leaves, fruit and debris, if a tree is jointly owned, you and your neighbor share the maintenance as well as the rewards. If the tree is not commonly owned, each of you deal with the debris on your own property.

According to legal support website, LegalZoom, “If the roots are pushing onto your property, they are considered an encroachment in the same manner as fences and other physical belongings.” They go on to explain, if the roots cross your property line, the tree owner is responsible for the removal.

Property Lines

If you feel as if your neighbor is encroaching upon your space, you will find yourself in a boundary line dispute. A little research is required. Check your deed or settlement papers indicating your property lines. If you cannot locate them, try finding your plat online.  Assume, it was a mistake and show your neighbor your findings. It might be necessary for you to both have the property surveyed. Mediation is the next suggestion. If a situation gets out of hand, call the police and report trespassing.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
8/16/2018

Before you dig into your favorite and nourishing breakfast consider, it could contain weed killer. A recent report found dangerous amounts of the herbicide, glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup in several oat-based breakfast foods.

“These findings are disturbing and require our attention without causing mayhem in your pantry,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance agency.

Environmental advocacy organization, The Environmental Working Group (EWG), conducted a study of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars. Glyphosate was found in all, but five of the 29 regular and organic products tested.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and California scientists, believe glyphosate is a carcinogen. Last week, a California jury awarded a groundskeeper $289 million in damages. He claims long-term exposure to large amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup is responsible for his terminal cancer. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, strongly disputes the finding that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Also, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes glyphosate as one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in  the U. S. and claims it is, “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The EPA says there is no risk to human health when used accordingly. According to EWG, more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate is sprayed on American crops annually.

“In cases like this, where different experts have opposing conclusions, you must make decisions based on your beliefs,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.

Below are the results of the study.

Potentially dangerous to children

Back to Nature Classic Granola

Barbara’s Multigrain Spoonfuls, Original, Cereal

Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats

Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal

Giant Instant Oatmeal Original Flavor

Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal

Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal

Lucky Charms (without the marshmallows)

Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats ‘n Honey

Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats ‘n Honey

Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisin and Almonds

Quaker Steel Cut Oats

Umpqua Oats, Maple Pecan

Contains safe amounts of glyphosate

Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Strawberry

KIND Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut

KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds

Nature’s Path Organic Old Fashioned Organic Oats

Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar

Whole Foods Bulk Bin conventional rolled oats

Contained no glyphosate in any tests

365 Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats

Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry, granola bar

Kashi Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted Cereal

Nature’s Path Organic Honey Almond Granola

Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal, Original

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