BLUE SHIELD: Domestic Violence Program Recognized
The Commonwealth Fund has named Blue Shield of California's domestic violence initiative as one of the four "best practices and model programs in a managed care setting." Blue Shield and CEO Wayne Moon said, "Domestic violence is a public health problem of epidemic proportions and a major workplace issue. We believe that there is a great deal that employers, supervisors and co-workers can do to support the victims of violence in our midst." He added, "Domestic violence results in millions of dollars in health care costs, much of which is paid for by employer-provided health benefits. For Blue Shield ... to be involved in this issue just makes sense." A workplace-based education program is the initiative's cornerstone. A Blue Shield statement said the workplace location is "excellent" since most victims of domestic violence work, and while at work are away from abusers for eight hours every day. The setting is also a good place to teach support skills to people who may know someone who is battered but don't know how to help. This year, Blue Shield will spend roughly $200,000 on its initiative for workplace training, financial support for battered women's shelters and information packets (Blue Shield of California release, 11/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.