Medicare Advantage benefits to improve Affordability

medicare advantage benefits to improve affordability

Florida Blue Medicare today released details of its 2023 Medicare offerings, which aim to provide Florida residents with high quality, affordable plans that meet their evolving health needs. New solutions from Florida Blue Medicare will ensure members can access personalized, wrap-around and support services whether at the doctor's office, while traveling or at home.

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period opens today, Oct. 15, and runs through Dec. 7, for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2023.

With many Medicare-eligible consumers particularly concerned about inflation and the rising cost of living, Florida Blue Medicare sought to tackle one of the biggest barriers to better health outcomes, costly prescription drugs. Many Florida Blue Medicare plans for 2023 now offer a $0 tier 1 and 2 copay, enabling members to access hundreds of prescription drugs at no cost.

Preferred pharmacy tiering was also eliminated to simplify the process of selecting a pharmacy. It's now the same lower cost share at any in-network pharmacy.

Florida Blue Medicare offers 24/7 personalized at-home care so all eligible members can receive all of their primary care services in the comfort of their own home, including vaccinations and imaging.

"Florida Blue Medicare is committed to providing comprehensive benefits and expansive programs," said Kathy Feeny, president of Florida Blue Medicare. "We have a long history of serving Florida residents and we pride ourselves on understanding their unique needs. Our strong collaborations with providers allow us to offer more affordable plan options while delivering access to excellent networks, new tools, and supplemental benefits."

More than one in five Floridians are enrolled in Medicare, and more than half of those beneficiaries enroll in Medicare Advantage plans. Florida Blue Medicare has a range of comprehensive options so all eligible beneficiaries can choose the plan that works best for them.

"We know health care, specifically for seniors, is defined by their experiences outside as well as inside the doctor's office," said Camille Harrison, Florida Blue's executive vice president of Medicare and chief innovation and customer experience officer. "That is why we are focused on offering specialized programs and wrap-around care to ensure we are tackling all the elements that help our members and communities achieve better health."

Florida is also home to hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans who have moved to the mainland but maintain close cultural ties with family and friends still on the island. To serve this growing community, Florida Blue Medicare PPO plans offer access to in-network care for members visiting Puerto Rico.

Additionally, Florida Blue Medicare has expanded options in the Panhandle, providing greater choice in a region that has historically had more limited access to care.

Florida Blue Medicare is committed to helping our Florida neighbors live healthier. We offer a wide range of plan options, including Medicare Advantage plans, to give our members what they need to live their best lives and improve their overall health and well-being. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Florida Blue Medicare is built for Florida's seniors and proud to be affiliated with Florida Blue, a health insurer that has served Floridians for over 75 years. Florida Blue and Florida Blue Medicare are Independent Licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

High Jewellery Collection by De Beers

high jewellery collection by de beers

Light is pure energy, emanating from the sun and stars, interacting with the world around us, revealing its many expressions. It can flash with intensity or radiate softness. Highlight shapes or create shadows. Shine with clarity or conjure optical illusions. When it touches a diamond, its colour, cut and the way it is set makes the relationship become even more mesmerising.

Following the launch in January of the first chapter of The Alchemist of Light High Jewellery collection, De Beers Jewellers continues to explore the natural, elemental magic of light, unveiling five new jewellery sets during Couture Week in Paris. The new chapter reveals the astonishing and diverse Dusk Reflection, Ascending Shadows, Midnight Aura, Optical Wonder and Frozen Capture sets that explore and interpret light in ever inventive ways.

The collection comprises a total of 45 one-of-a-kind pieces, with the new sets sitting alongside Atomique, a creative interpretation of diamonds at a molecular level and Light Rays, capturing the moment sunlight radiates across the morning sky.

"The Alchemist of Light High Jewellery collection represents the most creatively and technically ambitious collection we have ever conceived and crafted," says Céline Assimon, CEO of De Beers Jewellers. "It incorporates exceptional diamonds in white and fancy colours, including some specially selected from our Natural Works of Art collection. Our design studio, collaborating with our specialist craftspeople, has created individual pieces that are truly wearable works of art.

There are so many elements that push boundaries. The Dusk Reflection set not only has detachable elements, the magnificent choker transforms into two cuffs, a masterpiece of artistry and technical execution. Both the Ascending Shadows and Optical Wonder sets use coloured titanium and aluminium in striking pink and blue shades to sublime sculptural effect, showcasing both white and fancy colour diamonds. Midnight Aura, evocative of cosmic stardust, sets diamonds within the green gemstone chrysoprase, while Frozen Capture layers diamonds juxtaposed with rock crystal motifs. Every piece is as exquisite as it is extraordinary."

In a palette of pink and white, the Dusk Reflection set, with four unique designs, is inspired by a sunset radiating a soft glow over the horizon. The design incorporates De Beers' iconic Enchanted Lotus motif, inspired by the lotus, a flower associated with the sun because it blooms by day, retreats into the water at night, remerging fresh in the morning. The repetitive pattern is suggestive of daily rhythms.

Pieces are sensual and feminine, with white round brilliant diamonds woven within alternating rose and white gold settings. Satinée radial finishing lends the gold a brushed appearance, enhancing its radiance.

The magnificent choker is beautifully flexible and has a sensuous, tactile quality. A multiplicity of lotus motifs suspend an exquisite 1.13 carat, fancy intense pink radiant-cut diamond from De Beers Natural Works of Art collection. A near-invisible mechanical system allows the diamond to be detached and worn as a pendant on a longer necklace. Truly transformative, the choker also divides to create a pair of stunning cuffs.

The longline earrings in rose and white gold, featuring white diamond lotus motifs in delicate openwork, can also be worn as studs, or presenting a third styling opportunity, worn asymmetrically. The pendant necklace showcases a beautiful 1.02 carat round brilliant white diamond within a motif that can also be detached – the necklace with its graphic diamond motifs then becomes an elegant sautoir. Completing the set are the bold quadrilateral earrings surrounding a round brilliant diamond at their centres, a fusion of classic and contemporary design.

Boundary-pushing in style and story, the Ascending Shadows set contains seven spectacular pieces, architectural in shape, striking in shade. Its design cue is the way stepped surfaces dramatically play with light and shade, reminiscent of the spiral staircase in De Beers Jewellers' new flagship store in Old Bond Street, London. The inspired use of pink, blue and green anodised titanium and coated aluminium creates innovative surfaces on which to highlight rare pink and grey diamonds, as well as green and browny pink roughs.

Modern and magnificent in equal measure, the hero piece is the sweeping necklace. Graduating in size and shape, dark blue aluminium steps rise to meet light blue titanium set with white round brilliant diamonds. As these metals cannot be melded, the 142 separate elements have been individually articulated, demanding the application of a new skill in crafting High Jewellery. In fact, ten jewellers and five setters all worked to create this extraordinary necklace. Edged in white marquise-shaped diamonds and green roughs, the focus is an exquisite 3.41 carat fancy light grey pear-shaped diamond.

Echoing the dynamic movement of this spiral form, the large hoop earrings fan out, the duality of the blue aluminium and titanium showcasing two central 1.01carat white pear-shaped diamonds. In the same colour scheme, the dramatic drop earrings feature two fans folding out from 2.10 carat fancy dark grey square emerald-cut diamonds. Smaller earrings in intense rose aluminium reinterpret the fan-effect pattern, set with browny pink roughs, intense pink round brilliant and white marquise-shaped diamonds radiating from a central 1.02 carat pear-shaped diamond.

Two incredible rings step up to the theme in intense rose and light green aluminium, each with a plethora of white marquise-shaped and intense pink round brilliant diamonds set in light grey titanium, set with rare fancy coloured diamonds at their centres. To complete the set, and to take High Jewellery into a new direction, a bijou de tête features a sweeping double fan on a headband, set with white marquise and green roughs and a central 2.70 carat fancy grey oval-shaped diamond. This can be detached from the headband to be worn as a brooch.

Green clouds of stardust are the inspiration for the Midnight Aura set with its five inventive pieces. Black rhodium offers the perfect backdrop to peerless white round brilliant and princess-cut diamonds. These are innovatively set within cabochon-cut green chrysoprase from Africa, a technique that requires incredible precision.

The magical necklace is so precisely and delicately articulated, it feels like fabric, with hundreds of bezel-set diamonds creating a flexible mesh. Featuring an extraordinary 20.57 carat pear-shaped white diamond from De Beers Natural Works of Art collection, which can be detached, this piece can be worn in three different ways. The design is echoed in the chandelier earrings with a constellation of round brilliant diamonds cascading from magnificent pear-shaped diamonds that transform into studs.

Both rings are inspired by continuity and connection. In the first, pavé-set diamonds follow the symbol for infinity, with two chrysoprase cabochons flanking a 0.7 carat princess-cut white diamond. The second is an open ring with a 4.23 carat pear-shaped white diamond opposite a princess-cut diamond inlaid into chrysoprase. The theme of cosmic orbiting is also brought to life in the climber earrings, with a multiplicity of diamond cuts and settings that reflect the mystical cosmos.

Optical Wonder takes its inspiration from geometric patterns that create illusionary effects as seen in the work of Victor Vasarely, an exponent of the Op Art movement. The set contains seven striking pieces in which contrasting bold lines, created from pavéset diamonds and coloured aluminium, cast beams of reflected and refracted light, drawing the eye to the stunning hero diamonds. In keeping with the Op Art feel, some pieces are monochrome while others feature vibrant colours.

Dramatic black aluminium brings schematic resonance to the spectacular yellow rough and polished diamonds in the necklace and earrings. With its multiple, striped motifs, the necklace features an astonishing 3.02 carat fancy intense yellow radiant-cut diamond at its centre, a design echoed in the longline earrings that can be transformed into geometric studs. A double open ring decorates the hand with a trio of bold shapes, a 1.7 carat emerald-cut white diamond in the centre. A standout piece is the bangle with its alternating bands of yellow round brilliant pavé-set diamonds and black aluminium, showcasing a 3.02 carat fancy deep greyish green oval-shaped diamond.

Concentric shapes, a key pattern of Op Art, inspire the striking drop earrings. A myriad of yellow round brilliant diamonds swirl towards sublime fancy colour pear-shaped diamonds that become the central focus. In the two rings, one dramatic pink, one vibrant blue, white pavé-set diamond lines whirl on undulating, sculptural shapes, converging on the hero diamonds, with the pink ring adorned with no less than a 1.01 carat fancy intense pink radiant-cut diamond from De Beers Natural Works of Art collection.

LMC Announces Start of Leasing for Residences Kierland

lmc announces start of leasing for residences kierland

LMC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lennar Corporation [NYSE: LEN] and a leader in apartment development and management, today announced the start of leasing at Residences Kierland, a mid-rise spa-centric community in Scottsdale's burgeoning Kierland neighborhood.

The 290-home community includes a mix of apartment homes, penthouses and townhomes, and features a relaxing luxury atmosphere highlighted by The Retreat Spa – a complete full-service spa experience. The Retreat includes individual massage rooms, sauna, a cool mist room with aroma-infused oils, salt therapy room, heated loungers for relaxation, and secluded outdoor hot and cool pools. The resort-like facilities are accompanied by an expansive 24-hour fitness and yoga studio, and private men's and women's restrooms with individual lockers and showers.

The urban spa feel is complemented by the upscale shopping experience steps away at Kierland Commons and the 28-acre Scottsdale Quarter mixed-use lifestyle center, as well as the enviable mountain views and vantages of the Westin Kierland Resort golf course.

"Residences Kierland offers the comprehensive retreat and respite that renters can typically only dream of coming home to at the end of the day," said Scott Johnson, division president mountain southwest for LMC. "While the community features an on-site spa, the community is also part of the Kierland Master Plan district and its well-executed vision for recreation, relaxation, retail, dining and entertainment. Residents are within easy reach of many of the region's top employers, making Residences Kierland an unparalleled place to live and work."

Situated at 15825 N 71st Street, Residences Kierland is less than a half-mile from Scottsdale Airport – one of the busiest corporate jet facilities in the country, accounting for more than 3,400 jobs. The adjacent airpark – a light industrial and office hub surrounding the airport – is home to 2,900 firms in manufacturing, retail, financial and aviation-related businesses. Airpark businesses account for 70,000 jobs, making it the second-largest employment center in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Northeast Scottsdale is also a renowned hub of innovation in the bio-life sciences, with healthcare delivering a $2.5 billion impact on the local economy.

Residences Kierland sits mere blocks from the east-west Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and North Pima Road (Highway 101) – providing easy accessibility to Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix. The community features an at grade and above grade parking structure, equipped with electric vehicle charging stations.

Residents can choose from one- and two-bedroom apartments and townhomes, ranging from 691 to 2025 square feet. Each townhome at Residences Kierland comes with a two-car garage.

Kierland's spacious floor plans feature 9-foot ceilings, hardwood-style flooring throughout, keyless entry and smart thermostats. Gourmet kitchens include islands, quartz countertops, GE Café appliance packages and designer fixtures in either bronze or matte black. Primary bathrooms are highlighted by dual vanity sinks and quartz countertops. All apartment homes include full-size front-loading washers and dryers. Select homes include balconies or patios with unobstructed views of the mountains and golf course. Penthouse homes include 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with automated roller shades.

The community boasts a complete Internet of Things (IoT) package from SmartRent, Inc. a leading enterprise technology company that provides a suite of hardware and cloud-based SaaS solutions through a comprehensive real estate platform designed for property owners, managers, developers, homebuilders and residents. The IoT package aims to establish Kierland as a fully connected community with access control, self-guided touring, parking management and in-unit smart home technologies like smart thermostat, leak detection sensors and more.

All Kierland residents have access to the resident clubhouse with private temperature-controlled wine lockers and an elevated deck with lounge seating and a fireplace overlooking the Westin Kierland Golf Course. The pool area features a resort-style pool deck, a courtyard with outdoor grills, fire pits and lawn games... At Kierland, four-legged residents aren't forgotten – a pet spa and grooming center is available to all pet owners.

Residences Kierland marks LMC's fifth development community in the Phoenix area. It joins Vitri in Scottsdale, Skywater and Nexa, located in North Tempe, and Muse, located in midtown Phoenix.

Publication of Inspired Living

publication of inspired living

Brave Healer Productions is proud to announce the release of Inspired Living: Superpowers for Health, Love, and Business, a book that offers a toolkit for people who want to live authentic, open, powerful and joyous lives even as they cope with the inevitable losses that accompany them.

Inspired Living's lead author is Carolyn McGee, an intuition teacher, speaker, author, blogger and host of the weekly Sacred Haven Living podcast heard on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel. McGee says a sacred haven is a community and way of living and learning from life's experiences to tap into spiritual and earth guidance.

In the book's introduction, she writes: "My intention for Inspired Living was to gather and create a community that supports each other in the moment and beyond. This group of 25 authors accomplished this beyond my wildest dreams. Each expert's Hero's Journey story is powerful, vulnerable, and enlightening."

In addition to McGee, the book features chapters written by Sunshine Beeson, Kathy Boyer, Maribeth Coye Decker, Leslie Fraser, Judy Giovangelo, Rebecca Lyn Gold, Terri Hawke, Deborah Hodiak-Knox, Sharon Josef, Jacqueline M. Kane, Kelly Karius, Dr. Sonia Luckey, Birgit Lueders, Renee Moritz, Donna O'Toole, Anna Pereira, Jim Phillips, Mark Porteous, Rev. Joy Resor, Kye Sun Rose, Dawn Simpson, Denise M. Simpson, Chris Stoner, and Janette Stuart.

For example, there are chapters on healing from the death of a pet, making a giant leap toward one's dream, finding healing and joy in nature and loving the right way.

Ten percent of first-quarter book royalties will be donated to Ben Speaks, an organization founded by Judy Giovangelo who lost her 18-year-old son to suicide.

"This book is a shining gem with inspiring contributions that will guide you to a deeper, richer experience of life. Previously unknown places and spaces within my own heart feel touched and awakened through the stories, tools, and sharings of these wise ones. … This book is a dose of medicine that gives faith and hope for the future — knowing that souls like these writers are doing what they came here to do." — Rev. Elvia Roe, founder of

"The ripple effect of inspiration is about to ignite your superpowers! With deep-dive chapters from thriving in your divine purpose and conquering the fear of living on purpose to healing your inner saboteur and trusting in truth, this book delivers a true journey of strategy, wisdom, and no-holds-barred, kick-ass transformation!" — Margaret Lynch Raniere, author of Unblocked and Tapping Into Wealth

Carolyn McGee hosts the weekly Sacred Haven Living podcast which invites listeners to live in a world filled with magic, mystery and harmony that supports their inner wisdom to make empowered decisions. Her mission is to help women to break lifelong relationship patterns with themselves and others, as well as with health, money, and spirit.

Brave Healer Productions specializes in book publishing and business strategy for healers. They have published over 30 Amazon best-selling books, among them the series The Ultimate Guide to Self-Healing, The Wellness Universe Guide to Complete Self-Care, and The Ancestors Within. They also run Brave Badass Healers, a Community for World Changers group on Facebook that offers free monthly business development and networking sessions.