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Tufts Health Plan Rated 100 Percent on Annual Disability Equality Index and Named a "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion"
One of only 145 businesses worldwide to receive the honor for prioritizing the inclusion of people with disabilities
(July 12, 2018)

WATERTOWN, Mass., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Health Plan has been recognized by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Disability:IN in their fourth annual Disability Equality Index (DEI), with a score of 100 percent.

"We are very proud to receive this distinction, as it showcases our constant efforts to foster an inclusive workforce," said Lydia Greene, Tufts Health Plan's chief human resource officer. "At Tufts Health Plan, diversity and inclusion are core elements of our mission, values, and corporate strategy; by making it a part of the everyday employee experience and nurturing our employee-led programs, we see tremendous results, such as this terrific honor.  We thank AAPD and Disability:IN for this recognition and for bringing the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities to a national stage."



Tufts Health Plan's employee business resource group, Parallel, helped lead the effort to submit for the annual DEI listing. Parallel's mission is to promote understanding and raise awareness of people with disabilities through acceptance, inclusion, representation and access to accommodations. The goals of Parallel are to dispel myths and misconceptions of people with physical and non-visible disabilities and to create a supportive and accommodating workplace without barriers.

Participants in the survey are leaders across 25 unique business sectors and have a global presence of over 7.8 million employees. The DEI is designed by disability advocates and business leaders as a comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. The Index measures key performance indicators across organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.

"We applaud those companies that choose to take the DEI year after year and truly commit to advancing disability inclusion," said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN. "Although we are far from true inclusion of people with disabilities across the enterprise, the DEI signals corporate America is recognizing inclusion as a competitive edge and beneficial for all."

About Tufts Health Plan
Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage.  Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.1 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance.

We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction:

  • Our private HMO and Massachusetts PPO plans are rated 5 out of 5 and our Massachusetts Medicaid plan is rated 4.5 out of 5 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.i
  • Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible.ii

To learn more about how we're redefining what a health plan can do, visit tuftshealthplan.com/connections. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About the Disability Equality Index (DEI)
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) serves as the nation's most trusted annual benchmarking tool allowing America's leading corporations to self-report their disability policies and practices. This evolving tool scores each corporation on a scale from 0 to 100, with top scorers (80 and above) recognized as "Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion." The DEI is a joint initiative between Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The benchmark was developed by the two national leaders in consultation with the appointed DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse and voluntary group of experts in business, policy, and disability advocacy.

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 56+ million Americans with disabilities.

About Disability:IN
Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Partnering with more than 160 corporations, Disability:IN expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. The organization and 50 affiliates raise a collective voice of positive change for people with disabilities in business. Through its programs and services, Disability:IN empowers businesses to achieve disability inclusion and equality, with the goal of advancing inclusion to the point when the organization is no longer necessary.

i The National Committee for Quality Assurance Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings and Medicaid Health Insurance Ratings 2017-2018. This rating references Tufts Health Plan's Massachusetts Medicaid plan.  Tufts Health Plan's Rhode Island Medicaid plan has not yet been rated. 
ii Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to www.medicare.gov. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016 -2018.

Contact: Kathleen Makela
[email protected]
857-304-8293

 

Tufts Health Plan (www.tuftshealthplan.com)

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