In the months since the Obama Administration began its roll out of Affordable Care Act healthcare exchanges, insurance companies across the country have had quite the time ensuring that they’re compliant with the new mandates.
While getting Americans insured – many for the first time – may be tireless, thankless work, Florida Blue, an independent licensee of the national Blue Cross Blue Shield association, recently received accolades for promoting a positive workforce environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization representing the rights of LGBT people, recently proclaimed Florida Blue one of the Best Places to Work 2014. What’s more, it gave Florida Blue a perfect score of 100 percent on its 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
Florida Blue is a not-for-profit, policyholder owned, tax-paying mutual company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. It has roughly 4 million health care members and serves 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies.
The CEI is a national survey that takes account of the corporate policies and practices related to LGBT inclusion. Over the past five years, Florida Blue has received the prestigious distinction of a perfect score each and every year.
According to Pat Geraghty, President and CEO of Florida Blue, the company
” has a deep commitment to workplace equality because respect is one of our core values at the company. The diverse experiences, skills and backgrounds of our employees help to create an inclusive culture at Florida Blue that makes the organization a great place to work.”
In evaluating corporations, the CEI looks to non-discriminatory workplace protections, transgender inclusive health care benefits, domestic partner benefits, and engagement with the LGBT community.
Florida Blue was among 934 businesses evaluated by the report, and one of 304 that achieved a top rating of 100 percent. This is the Human Rights Campaign’s 12th edition of the CEI.