Standing strong in the face of adversity

Board chair and CEO letter

We believe that addressing the root causes of health disparities and inequities are critical to building a healthier population and community.

Over the course of this past year, many Vermonters lost their income, some lost their lives or their loved ones to COVID-19. Life hasn’t stood still in the wake of this terrible disease. This disease has laid bare the struggles of working moms by casting a bright light on the ever-present but unspoken barriers to finding affordable and safe child care, it has further exposed the health inequalities of Black people and people of color, and it has caused economic strife to people across the world, many of whom are women. In the wake of illness, our nation has grappled with its long history of oppression and subjugation of Black people and people of color. This past year required people to stand up for others. 2020 showed us once again that character and integrity are more impactful than glitz and glamour or passing fads.

As such, our continued dedication and commitment to you and to advancing health care equality for all Vermonters is central to our mission and our vision and has been a grounding principle for the last 30 years. As a non-profit health plan, we put the health and wellbeing of all our members at the forefront of every decision we make, and we resoundingly reject discrimination in all its forms.

As Vermont’s only local, non-profit health plan, we care deeply about our communities here in Vermont. We care about our neighbors and we care about keeping people well and helping them live well with disease regardless of who they are or where they come from.

No matter where you are along your personal path to wellbeing, when you’re a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont member, you’re never alone.

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Don George, President and CEO / Charlie Smith, Board Chair
Don George, President and CEO   /   Charlie Smith, Board Chair
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