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The Girls on the Run program is open to girls in elementary school, and their Heart and Sole program has a specialized curriculum for middle school girls. Each lesson the organization runs is designed to engage participants' confidence, positive decision making, physical, social, and emotional competencies.

Black women under the age of 24 are more likely to experience severe childbirth complications than white women over the age of 35 – an age group usually considered high risk, according to new data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). Data shows the rates of childbirth complications have been increasing for women of color. In the last two years, the rate of Hispanic women with severe childbirth complications increased 19%.

Berlin, Vermont–Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Blue Cross) is pleased to welcome Jason Robart and Karin Chamberlain to the non-profit health and wellness organization’s board of directors. They bring a dynamic knowledge of health care and finance.

For the first time since the inception of the Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Blue Cross) can recommend a premium reduction. Compared with last year, the proposal is to lower overall health insurance premiums collected by almost one percent (-0.9%). This is the overall rate change prior to unmerging the individual and small group market.

Most parents have a memory like this: your child wakes up crying in the middle of the night with a blazing fever, a croupy cough that sounds like they are going to stop breathing, those pink cheeks and bright eyes, and tiny hands grasping your shirt as you snuggle them close. If you have health insurance, you don’t hesitate to reach for the phone to call your doctor. Just hearing that provider’s calm voice on the other end of the phone telling you what to do to help your child makes your racing heart calm and your worried mind slow down.

A new food pilot was born in April as an offshoot of the highly successful Everyone Eats Vermont project. This idea came from Capstone Executive Director Sue Minter’s goal to expand mobility to Vermonters through greater transportation and food access.

By decentralizing the food shelf delivery system and providing meals in concert with child support services, Capstone is responding to what people need to be successful parents, and easy access to healthy meals rose to the top of the list. “The Everyone Eats project has been wildly successful in a time when small businesses and Vermonters are struggling, and the Orange County Parent Child Food Pilot is the next step toward meeting people where they are,” says Casey Engels, Everyone Eats Program Manager and Special Projects with Capstone Community Action. The Central Vermont hub is working with ten restaurants to move 5,000 meals a week to Vermonters through June 30. As it ends, the Orange County Parent Child Center Food Pilot may be able to extend the concept while heading in a slightly different direction.

Blue Cross employees are taking the Vaccine Pledge. To support Vermont public health goals, encourage our friends and neighbors to get their COVID vaccinations, and contribute to our overall community health goals, our employee Worksite Wellness Program is donating $100 for each employee who commits to be vaccinated when their group is approved by the state. These donations in the employee’s name will go to their choice of three local community service organizations. Employees have enthusiastically joined the movement, boosting their overall wellness, and supporting our local community organizations.Blue Cross employees are taking the Vaccine Pledge. To support Vermont public health goals, encourage our friends and neighbors to get their COVID vaccinations, and contribute to our overall community health goals, our employee Worksite Wellness Program is donating $100 for each employee who commits to be vaccinated when their group is approved by the state. These donations in the employee’s name will go to their choice of three local community service organizations. Employees have enthusiastically joined the movement, boosting their overall wellness, and supporting our local community organizations.

RESPONSE STATEMENT IN THE WAKE OF CHAUVIN VERDICT
We must remember Mr. Floyd and the change his death has spurred in the U.S. consciousness. We can only begin to heal as a nation if we act together to address systemic racism and injustice. We are committed to doing the hard work of moving forward where we can make a real impact. As part of our Pledge to Make Meaningful Change, Blue Cross Blue Shield companies just launched a National Health Equity Strategy. Our intent is to confront the nation’s crisis in racial health disparities and reimagine a more equitable health care system, especially for people of color. Starting here and starting now, we can begin to put an end to the racial disparities in healthcare.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont calls on the Vermont Legislature to stand with us in this effort by expanding Dr. Dynasaur to undocumented pregnant women and children by passing H.430 and making it effective immediately upon passage.

Berlin, Vermont, March 31, 2021— Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has won nine awards for excellence in customer service, including the SQM Highest Customer Service Award for the Health Care Industry and the SQM Highest Customer Service Award for the Non-Profit Sector for 2020. Blue Cross was chosen out of over 500 call centers benchmarked in North America.

Blue Cross’s customer service team excelled in several award areas during the pandemic year, taking the First Call Resolution Best Practice Award in Career Development; the World Class Employee Experience Award; and the company was named as a finalist as a Best Performing Small-to Mid-Sized Call Center.

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