first_imgBLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT HOSTING A FREEMEDICARE PART D EDUCATIONAL FORUMBerlin, VT Free educational forums for anyone interested in learning about the benefits of the new Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program (PDPs) will be held by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) on the following dates: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Black Bear Inn St. Johnsbury, VT Tuesday, April 11, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastside Restaurant Newport, VT Thursday, April 13, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Comfort Inn St. Albans, VT Friday, April 14, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center Burlington, VT Wednesday, April 19, 2006 from10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Holiday Inn Rutland, VT Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Berlin, VT Tuesday, April 25, 2006 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Quality Inn Brattleboro, VT Wednesday, April 26, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Comfort Suites White River Junction, VTBCBSVT will offer three PDP options to Medicare-eligible Vermonters under a contract approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The BCBSVT products are offered to customers through a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. The Partnership is known as Central New England PDP in federal CMS documents.PDP products will cover both brand name and generic drugs and will be offered with no deductibles. The plans can be purchased independently or coupled with an existing health coverage plan.Additional information about these forums can be found at is external) or you may call Wendy Grant at (802) 371-3527 with questions or to register to attend.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Pride is a powerful concept

first_img 96SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad J. Krueger Brad J. Krueger is the director of corporate ethics, compliance, and resilience for CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions and their members. … Web: Details From the time I started my credit union career as a front-line employee, to when I joined CUNA Mutual Group as an intern 20 years ago; serving the greater good has given me a personal sense of pride. And that’s something we talk a lot about in our industry: pride. We’re proud to be different – the financial movement that has always placed people before profit. We’re proud of our legacy – one of social and financial equity. And we’re proud of our founding cooperative principles that enable us to collaborate in ways our competitors cannot fathom.In June, the word ‘pride’ will take on an additional meaning for millions across the world. For countless credit union colleagues and members, friends and family, it will symbolize authenticity, dignity, and the inherent right LGBTQ people have to achieve their life ambitions and pursuit of love and happiness.Pride Month is an opportunity to come together and honor our achievements in equity, rights, and awareness, but also to build momentum for the long journey ahead. We cannot confine accepting our diversity and embrace the strength in our differences to only one summer month each year. To create positive, lasting change, it’s something we must publicly stand for every day.At CUNA Mutual Group we have a strong set of values that shape our decision making, but we recognize that for us to be the best employer for our people and the best partner and provider for those we work with, we must continually seek to improve.An aspect we are actively working on is how we support diversity and inclusion in the workplace. How we empower our people to be who they truly are, not who they think we want them to be. One way we do this is through our Employee Resource Groups (ERG) – teams of colleagues advocating for specific interests, communities or needs. Of course, our ERGs are as diverse as we are covering age, disabilities, gender, professional focus, race and ethnicity, and, of course, sexual orientation and identity.As the chair of Prism – our LGBTQ ERG – I’m personally very proud (there’s that word again) to work for a company that values broad backgrounds and perspectives, and encourages its employees to embrace them.To mark the start of Pride Month, we will raise a rainbow flag on June 1 to publicly demonstrate our support for an inclusive LGBTQ work environment. We will share information with our fellow colleagues throughout June to increase awareness of both LGBT concerns and provide our allies opportunities to visibly show their support for an inclusive work environment. But further still, we will encourage our business leaders to better understand LGBTQ consumers and think of the impact we could have in the community with new products and services for credit unions and their members.What are the challenges our LGBTQ friends and loved ones are experiencing? What are the needs that traditional financial institutions cannot, or unfortunately sometimes will not, provide?I hope that throughout June, credit union colleagues nationwide will ask themselves these same questions, and challenge one another to seek an answer. Our credit union movement’s founders sought to serve those who would not be served elsewhere. Let’s make them proud.last_img read more