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Florida Blue donates $100,000 to aid Hurricane Idalia recovery efforts in Florida

State's leading health insurer launches resources for impacted Floridians

In the wake of Hurricane Idalia's devastating impact on Florida, the state's Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, Florida Blue, has taken strides to offer a generous initial donation of $100,000 to support relief and recovery efforts. The hurricane, described as the strongest to hit Florida in over a century, left a trail of destruction in its path, including torrential rains, heavy winds, and catastrophic flooding. Recognizing the urgent need for assistance, Florida Blue is committed to working closely with partners across the state to ensure that affected communities receive the help and support they require during this challenging time.

Florida Blue's financial support for Hurricane Idalia victims

Florida Blue's $100,000 donation will be allocated strategically to address immediate and long-term needs. Half of this contribution, $50,000, will be reserved for the American Red Cross in Florida. This funding will aid in addressing the most pressing and immediate requirements of those affected by Hurricane Idalia, including food, emergency shelter, and medical assistance. The other half will be channeled to Volunteer Florida to support long-term recovery efforts, such as restoring infrastructure, rebuilding homes, and providing ongoing support to communities as they work to rebuild their lives.

Disaster after Hurricane. Broken houses with debris and broken down car

Resources for impacted Floridians

In addition to its financial support, Florida Blue is actively launching resources to support the well-being of all those impacted by the hurricane, irrespective of their insurance status.

These resources include:

24/7 No-Cost Online Care Visits: Recognizing that many urgent care facilities and doctor's offices may remain closed due to damage or power outages caused by Hurricane Idalia, Florida Blue has partnered with Teladoc to offer round-the-clock online care visits with zero cost for anyone affected by the storm, even if they are not Florida Blue members. Teladoc clinicians can assist with non-emergency conditions, including allergies, colds, flu, and sinus problems. Those in need can reach out to the Teladoc hotline at 855-225-5032 for assistance.

Help with Social & Community Services: The teams at Florida Blue Centers are on standby at zero cost to assist members and community residents who require assistance. Dial 877-352-5830 to reach out. The teams provide help with a wide range of social and community services, including financial and housing assistance programs, transportation services, food programs, and other relief initiatives. Services are available virtually or via phone, depending on individual preferences.

Toll-free Round-the-Clock Bilingual Emotional Support Helpline: The emotional toll of a hurricane can be overwhelming. Florida Blue members and all affected individuals can access licensed counselors via a toll-free, 24/7 bilingual helpline at 1-833-848-1762. This service provides support for those experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress, grief, or trauma. Callers may also receive community resource referrals for emergency needs.

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