BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS (BCBSIL) PROGRAMS
More than 800,000 people in the Chicago region live with disabilities, representing a largely untapped talent pool and a significant consumer market. Yet, 25 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), too many people with disabilities continue to face lives of poverty rather than opportunity. The ADA 25 Chicago Opportunity Summit will convene national and local leaders to explore robust strategies to break the poverty cycle and increase access and inclusion in the areas of greatest need -- education and employment.
DISABILITY INCLUSION OPPORTUNITY SUMMIT SIGNATURE SPONSOR & HOST
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is the Signature Sponsor and Host of the Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit November 16-17, presented by ADA 25 Chicago and with the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN). The Opportunity Summit will convene national and local leaders to explore robust strategies to increase access and inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of greatest need -- education and employment.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ building was lit with the message, “ADA 25” on the weekend of July 24-26, to celebrate the historic legislation’s anniversary on the 26th.
DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois hosted a float in the annual Disability Pride Parade on July 18th. Employees with and without disabilities staffed it as an expression of their unified message and mission of inclusion.
IN-ABLED BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS BUSINESS RESOURCE GROUP
In-Abled is planning many events and initiatives in recognition of the anniversary year and beyond. This includes hosting students with physical disabilities at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois; coordinating a campaign to address the special health care needs of the families of customer service teams; and offering closed-captioning services for meetings enterprise wide.
ABOUT BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS (BCBSIL)
With 8.1 million members, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. Begun in 1936 in Chicago, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois remains member owned rather than publicly traded, and is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and its communities, fostering greater access to care, and working to lower the overall cost of care while improving care quality and patient outcomes.