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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 239-672-8194 or complete our online quote request form. A GreatFlorida Health Care Insurance Agent in Fort Myers will help you find the best deal for you.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/20/2019

House hunting requires hours of reading through real estate listings, while looking for the ideal home.  Ambiguous terms sound appealing but also questionable.

“Descriptive real estate terms do not always mean what you think they mean,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent home insurance agency.

Agents have the job of listing a property with features that don’t always appeal to the masses. Real estate website, Realtor.com explains, “One way to do this is by finding euphemisms to throw the most flattering light onto a home-and sometimes obscure a home’s flaws.”

“Knowing the deeper meanings of these real estate terms could help you avoid wasting your time on a home that isn’t right for you,” reports real estate website Trulia.

Modern, rustic or vintage– Outdated or updated so long ago that it is lacking in current features or finishes.

Potential or TLC– Gear up for a fixer-upper, this property needs serious work.

Well-maintained or lovingly maintained– This is an older home, that is neat and clean without updates and not fitting into current styles.

Cozy or cottage– These terms can evoke the idea of warm and inviting, but it is typically code for small.

Character, custom or unique-This property is quirky or weird. Do not be surprised to find unusual spaces or features specific to the seller’s taste.

Natural landscaping-Welcome to the jungle, the yard is overgrown and is not maintained.

Up-and-coming or hot neighborhood- They are hoping this neighborhood has a future. It might have a boost in recent sales, but there are no guarantees.

As is or Cash Only-These terms can often come up on foreclosed homes. It translates to the home is in bad condition and the owners cannot afford renovations. It will also remove your negotiating power.

“Keep in mind, Florida foreclosures are a judicial proceeding and could take a year or more to complete,” says Ellsworth Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowner’s insurance agency.

Contact GreatFlorida Insurance, if you are looking for homeowner’s insurance. Get a quote as soon as your contract is signed.  We can help you finalize the details well in advance of your closing date.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/6/2019

Tax season is upon us. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service has begun receiving 2018 federal tax returns.

“With the recent tax cut and Jobs Act of 2017, people can expect a lot of changes,” says Ellsworth Buck of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

You can file for free electronically through the IRS website or download paper forms. Also, tax preparation companies such as Turbo Tax and H&R Block are filing tax returns to the IRS on behalf of their customers.

What’s new

According to U.S. News & World Report, the most significant changes this year are, tax rate changes, the doubling of the child tax credit, estate tax changes, business income, alimony payments and charitable and medical deductions. Also, the standard deduction nearly doubled to $12,000 for single tax filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly.

“Everyone has a different tax situation, some will come out better with the new changes while some, worse,” says Ellsworth Buck of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

How to Prepare:

Print a tax checklist from the IRS, Turbo Tax or H&R Block. Collect and file necessary tax documents such as W-2s from your employers and 1099s from your bank. Do not forget to gather charitable contribution receipts.

Pull out old returns to remind yourself of the credits and deductions you claimed the previous year.

Common life events that could affect your taxes include, marriage, divorce, growing your family, educational expenses, buying or selling a home, retirement, accepting a promotion, receiving an inheritance and dealing with a death.

Deadlines

You have until April, 15 to file your 2018 taxes electronically or postmark your paper taxes. Tax returns for LLCs and S-corporations are due, March 15.

If you are looking for reliable homeowners insurance and trustworthy agents to guide you through the insurance buying process, contact GreatFlorida Insurance today.

 

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/30/2019

This Sunday, millions of viewers plan to watch the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams as they meet up for the Super Bowl. In the U.S., 72 percent of adults plan to watch the game, while 44 million people plan to host a Super Bowl party according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insight and Analytics.

Hosting a house full of guests can have you playing defense. However, never fear, you have solid back up. Homeowners insurance will keep you protected.

“If you regularly host parties checking into an umbrella policy is a good idea. These policies help curb liability expenses that can happen during a party,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Below are possible scenarios you could experience on Super Bowl Sunday. Also, is an explanation on how your home insurance keeps you covered.

 

Man down

As a homeowner, you are responsible for keeping your property safe. If someone trips over a rug on the way to the bathroom and is injured, you could be held financially responsible. Fortunately, a standard home insurance policy includes $1,000 in medical coverage for injuries to guests, per person. Liability coverage is also included if you are sued for injuries.

Fired up

Super Bowl Sunday is a big grilling day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), reports Super Bowl Sunday as the second largest food consumption day in America.

Understandably, if you get distracted by the game and a mishap with the grill or a kitchen fire occurs, don’t worry you are covered. Dwelling coverage pays for the cost of damage or destruction to your home. If you plan to use a fryer, follow the following safety tips:

Keep the fryer at least 10 feet away from your home and never cook in the garage or on a wood deck.

Place the fryer on a level surface.

Keep children at a safe distance from the fryer.

Don’t use too much oil and over fill the fryer.

Monitor the temperature and use caution when touching the fryer, the lid and handles can be very hot.

Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

Illegal use of hands

To be on the safe side, consider hiding away your treasures that could be easily pocketed.

Keep an updated picture of your valuables for insurance inventory,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

While you don’t expect your friends to steal your stuff, you don’t always know everyone who comes over on game day. If something of yours goes missing, your personal property coverage pays to replace stolen items.

Stay protected in your home with dependable home insurance Contact a GreatFlorida Insurance agent today at 1-888-478-7801 or complete our free online quote request form at www.greatflorida.com.

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/23/2019

“The top deadliest cities in the U.S. for pedestrians are found in Florida,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President for GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent car insurance agency.

Smart Growth American and the National Complete Streets Coalition have published their report, “Dangerous by Design 2019,” detailing the nation’s most deadly streets for pedestrians.

Data reveals, between 2008 and 2017 the number of annual pedestrian deaths in the U.S. increased by 35 percent. While walking has increased slightly during that time and driving has only increased eight percent. A total of 49,340 died over the ten-year period, more than 13 people killed a day.

The most dangerous cities to walk in the U.S. are ranked below

  1. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
  2. Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach
  3. Melbourne-Palm Bay-Titusville
  4. Sarasota-Bradenton
  5. Lakeland-Winterhaven
  6. Jacksonville
  7. Bakersfield, CA
  8. Cape Coral-Ft. Myers
  9. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater

14.Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

“Over the ten-year period, the Orlando area saw 656 pedestrian deaths,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President for GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.

The report exposes dangerous road design is to blame for deaths. Modern streets are wide with higher speed limits and longer blocks. The coalition is calling on congress to make changes such as, lowering speeds limits in areas with heavy foot traffic. They would also like to see more crosswalks with plenty of time to cross the street.

“Our federal policies, standards and funding mechanisms that have been in place for decades produce dangerous roads that prioritize high speeds for cars over safety for all people. These federal policies have continued to influence state and local policies as street design practices,” the report states.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds pedestrians, when crossing the street- always obey signs and signals, keep alert at all times and do not assume a driver sees you.

GreatFlorida Insurance has knowledgeable agents across Florida who are committed to finding you the most affordable car insurance to fit your needs. Call 888-478-7801 or online at www.greatflorida.com for a free quote today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/16/2019

Florida could become one of the first states to allow drivers to present a digital driver’s license stored on cellphones as proof of identification.

“It seems like an obvious transition with so much of our lives currently stored on our phones,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent auto insurance agency.

An electronic driver’s license legislative bill will be introduced this spring.  It is likely to be packaged with a proposal to create a database enabling police to access a driver’s auto insurance status as well.

Many benefits have driver’s excited over this proposal. Losing a driver’s license would not be so inconvenient and few would argue against having to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles for a replacement.

Also, a statewide data base would improve the chances of the police to catch uninsured drivers because the information is updated in real-time, unlike a hard copy of an insurance card or driver’s license. “This could help reduce the high percentage of uninsured motorists across the state,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

The electronic database however, would not replace traditional driver’s licenses, merely be supplemental. Almost all states in the U.S. currently recognizes electronic copies of auto insurance cards so a driver’s license seems the next logical progression.

According to the Sun Sentinel, 14 other state are also developing, studying and considering an electronic credentials program. They report, it could also be used for traffic stops, voting and purchasing liquor and any other reason you may need to present your driver’s license.

Security

While the advancement in technology is convenient, is it safe? Privacy advocates have expressed serious concern over the digital license. DMV.org reports, “many have openly worried that the trade-off for shiny screens and more convenience will be greater susceptibility – to police officers who are a little too curious, hackers looking to abuse the system, or anyone interested in stealing our identities, whether individually or en masse.”

Logically, a new database of information seems vulnerable to information hungry hackers. Yet, a digital driver’s license would be protected by passwords, PINs and other security features in addition to the typical security built into phones. If a plastic driver’s license is stolen or lost, you also face the same risks of someone taking your information without security protections.

GreatFlorida Insurance has knowledgeable agents across Florida who are committed to finding you the most affordable car insurance to fit your needs. Call 888-478-7801 or online at www.greatflorida.com for a free quote today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/9/2019

Who doesn’t want a fresh start in the new year? Setting goals for the upcoming year to improve our lives can help us to stay focused on success.

“In an effort to live a happier, healthier life many of us come up with a resolution,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

However, Forbes.com reports, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail because people are overly ambitious with their goals. This statistic should not keep you from coming up with a resolution. But maybe focus on setting one that is more realistic to achieve.

So where do you start? Try evaluating a few areas of your life that you feel inspired to improve.

Health

Maybe you need to remove or add something to your diet to help you lose weight or lower your cholesterol. The Mayo Clinic reports, regular exercise can increase self-confidence, improve your sleep and reduce symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.

Finances

Money is a sensitive subject, but we can all agree, being anchored to debt is no way to live. Establishing a realistic budget can provide peace of mind. Financial guru, Dave Ramsey says establishing a budget will also reduce stress, build for the future, provide responsibility, as well as a help you dig your way out of debt.

Time

If you feel like you do not have enough time in the day, you probably need to re-evaluate your calendar. Extracurricular activities are great, but they can become a drain on your time. Plan vacations, date nights and family time in advance and stand firm to those dates. Also, remove activities that are not in line with your greatest values.

“Reclaim your schedule,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Stuff

Do not underestimate the power of the clutter you have in your life. Clutter causes stress. An overabundance of stuff can be draining. Less stuff translates into less energy spent organizing and re-organizing and more time spent on the things you enjoy. De-cluttering your home gives you more control over your life.  It allows you to identify what is important and what you no longer need hanging around.

Author and Netflix star, Marie Kondo, encourages people to surround themselves with items that offer positive. She explains in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.”

GreatFlorida Insurance provides homeowners insurance coverage for the things that matter to you and your family. Get a free quote today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
12/26/2018

We are in the season where more people are coughing and blowing their nose. But, when is it necessary to see a doctor? What may seem like a simple cold can turn into a more complicated condition.

“While colds might not be severe, cold symptoms can take a lot out of you” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance company.

In fact, colds can wear down your immune system, leaving your body vulnerable to other health issues. Colds typically last for two weeks then go away.

So how can you tell if you have a cold or something more serious, like the flu? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the common cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms. However, those suffering from the flu have more intense symptoms along with fever and chills.

“If you are not sure if you or a family member needs to see a doctor, always call your physician’s office to get advice,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance company.

Below is a list compiled from consumer health website, EverydayHealth.com, of symptoms that require medical attention.

Children

  • Fever above 103 F or a fever that lasts more than three days
  • Symptoms that last more the 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, fast breathing or wheezing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Earache or drainage from the ear
  • Changes in mental state, such as not waking up, irritability or seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, then return with a fever and a worse cough
  • Worsening of a chronic medical condition

Adults

  • A high, prolonged fever above 102 F
  • Symptoms that last more than 10 days or get worse
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Fainting or feeling like you are about to faint
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe, persistent vomiting
  • Severe pain in your face or forehead
  • Hoarseness, sore throat or a cough that won’t go away after 10 days

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

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

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