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Highmark Health named a 2018 "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion"

Highmark Health is one of 20 health care companies to earn a top score of 100 percent in leading national benchmark

PITTSBURGH (Juy 17, 2018) — For its comprehensive efforts to attract, develop and retain people with disabilities in its workforce, Highmark Health has been named a 2018 "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" in the Disability Equality Index® (DEI®), a national benchmarking survey administered jointly by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN®.

National health and wellness organization Highmark Health is among 91 companies, including Fortune 500 companies, that earned a top score of 100 percent in the DEI benchmark, which measures key performance indicators across organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services, and supplier diversity.

"Supporting a diverse workforce is essential in getting health care right for our customers," said Dr. Lonie Haynes, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Highmark Health. "When our workforce is inclusive and mirrors the diverse communities which we serve, we are able to more effectively meet the needs of our customers, build more innovative solutions, and ultimately deliver greater value and a better, differentiated experience in health care. We are proud to be named a 2018 "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" and emphasize our organization's commitment to diversity, accessibility, leadership, community engagement, and competitive employment inclusive of people with disabilities."

Among those practices that earned Highmark Health the "Best Place to Work" distinction are programs and partnerships that help to recruit people with disabilities, including the Rooney Rule; a centralized accommodation process; support and leadership of organizations in the community that advocate for people with disabilities; executive sponsorship of the business case for recruiting, hiring and developing people with disabilities; and enterprise-wide support of business resources groups through which employees with disabilities get involved in workplace, marketplace and community-wide programs.

"We applaud companies like Highmark Health, that choose to participate in the DEI year after year and truly commit to advancing disability inclusion," said Jill Houghton, president and CEO, Disability:IN. "Although we have much more progress to make, the DEI signals that corporations like Highmark Health are recognizing inclusion as a competitive edge, excelling as a champion of people of disabilities, providing a full range of policies and programs that demonstrate a true commitment to competitive employment for this community, and helping them build vibrant futures."

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Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA based enterprise that employs more than 40,000 people who serve millions of Americans across the country, is the second largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation based on revenue. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to nearly 5 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, more than 2,800 affiliated physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, a group purchasing organization, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, please visit www.highmarkhealth.org. For information specific to VITAL, please visit www.vitalinnovation.com.

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.

Disability:IN unites business around disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. Disability:IN has more than 160 corporate partners spanning the technology, healthcare, financial, transportation, entertainment, and retail industries. Disability:IN serves as a collective voice of nearly 50 affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Disability:IN has various nationally recognized tools and programs, such as the Disability Equality Index and the leading disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE) certification program, to bridge inclusive companies with people and organizations within the disability community.

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