“We are honored to receive this recognition from the GLMA because we have worked hard to make LGBT employees and members feel valued and accepted and to help them find health care providers that understand and respect their unique health care needs.”
HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the annual conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), Aetna (NYSE:AET) received an achievement award for its work in improving the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The GLMA Achievement Awards recognize efforts to improve the quality of health care for LGBT individuals, to improve the workplace environment for LGBT health care workers and to advance LGBT civil rights. GLMA Achievement Awards are given without regard to recipients’ sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Aetna has made significant investments in providing relevant and personalized information to help our members make the best decisions about where and when to seek health care,” said Lonny Reisman, MD, Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer. “We are honored to receive this recognition from the GLMA because we have worked hard to make LGBT employees and members feel valued and accepted and to help them find health care providers that understand and respect their unique health care needs.”
Aetna’s LGBT Steering Committee and Aetna’s network of LGBT employees have been instrumental in shaping Aetna’s strategy to drive better health care for LGBT individuals. As part of its efforts, Aetna became the first health benefits company to link its online provider directory – DocFind® – to GLMA’s provider directory of primary care doctors, specialists, therapists and dentists who are knowledgeable and attuned to LGBT concerns. GLMA encourages providers of all sexual orientations who welcome LGBT patients to sign up for the provider directory. Aetna has supported the GLMA through a series of grants, including a sponsorship of the annual conference in 2008 and 2009.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.8 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.