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Blue Cross & Blue Shield Of Rhode Island Participates In 2014 Corporate Equality Index

Score of 90 reflects company-wide commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace

January 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) received a score of 90 out of 100 on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. BCBSRI’s score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.  

BCBSRI was recognized for its workplace practices including a non-discrimination policy, providing protections to LGBT employees, and offering employee health benefits to spouses and domestic partners.  Active in the community, BCBSRI also provides philanthropic support to local LGBT nonprofit organizations.

“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island values all of our employees and believes in principles of fairness and dignity,” said Visael “Bobby” Rodriguez, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for BCBSRI.  “Our inclusive policies and practices enable us to support our LGBT employees and demonstrate that we value them, as we do all of our employees. When our employees feel valued, we are then able to best serve our members and community.”

The 2014 CEI rated a total of 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About The Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.


The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 106 million members members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.