Blue Cross Foundation Announces 2016 Angel Award® Honorees

This October, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will honor ten everyday Louisianians doing extraordinary good for the state’s children at the 2016 Angel Award® ceremony.

This year’s honorees were chosen from a record number of nominations from across the state. Each Angel will receive a $20,000 grant to the charity of their choice to deepen the impact of their work.

The work of the 2016 class of Angels ranges from supporting Louisiana’s foster children to community development and education. And while each has had a profound effect on the lives of children, he or she started out by making a simple decision to do good for just one child – an important theme to the Angel Award.

“Each of our Angels began their work by making the courageous decision to do something simple to help a child. Their work simply grew from there,” says Foundation president Michael Tipton. “We hold these people up because we want to show everyone how everyday goodness takes hold and spreads in a way that completely changes the future for our children.”

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Humana’s Workplace Well-being Efforts Honored as Being among the Best in the Nation

Humana Inc. received Well-being Top Honors in Washington, D.C., this week as one of the top five companies among all national applicants for the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award, given by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) to recognize organizations with the best workforce well-being programs in the U.S. In addition, Humana was named a Platinum award winner for the fourth consecutive year, the highest award distinction.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award program recognizes companies with a well-being strategy shown to improve employee health and productivity and business performance, particularly those with a holistic approach to well-being, encompassing financial, emotional, social, and community well-being. Humana has driven such efforts for several years, embracing a whole-person well-being view focused on improving people’s sense of Purpose, Health, Belonging, and Security.

The special Well-being Top Honors recognition was awarded to Humana for achieving strong results in these broader areas of focus and for connecting employee, family, and community well-being to business performance.

“We’re tremendously proud to receive this honor,” said Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard. “Since helping people toward achieving their best health and lifelong well-being is our shared purpose at Humana, we know we must start at home and lead by example. And that means investing in our greatest asset - our associates. Health and well-being are at the heart of our culture, and we celebrate, challenge and encourage one another every day as we move forward together. This award serves as further inspiration.”

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WellCare Receives NCQA Quality Accreditation for Its Medicare Advantage Health Plan in Louisiana

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. today announced that the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded its Medicare Advantage health plan in Louisiana a status of Accredited. NCQA accreditation evaluates the quality of health care that health plans provide to their members. It is a nationally recognized evaluation that consumers can use to assess health plans.

To earn accreditation, NCQA evaluates how well a health plan manages all parts of its delivery system, which covers physicians, hospitals, other providers and administrative services. NCQA accreditation provides consumers with an unprecedented ability to evaluate the quality of different health plans along a variety of important criteria, and to make their health plan decisions based on demonstrated value rather than simply on cost.

"Achieving an Accreditation status from NCQA is a sign that a health plan is serious about quality," said Margaret E. O'Kane, president, NCQA. "It is awarded to plans whose service and clinical quality meet or exceed NCQA's rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement."

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