Working Together to Help those
Who Need it the Most
Cigna and Equality Health join forces to serve our community and improve quality of life
Equality Health and Cigna have joined together to help provide access to healthcare to those who need it the most in Arizona’s Hispanic community.
The partnership brings the similar missions and values of each organization together, which is to help Arizona’s underserved communities achieve better overall health through education, prevention and access to quality care.
One group that will benefit the most as a result of this alliance are elderly adults over the age of 65. Seniors will have the opportunity to access Cigna’s Medicare healthcare plans, a large network of culturally competent medical professionals and support from the Equality Health team.
It is worth noting that Cigna has over 45 years of experience with Medicare plans.
“Our experience allows us to offer what we like to call a variety of options to Medicare solutions for our clients, which includes plans like Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplemental, as well as plans specifically designed for prescribed medication. Everything is there to benefit the community. It is also very important to note that we both share similarities in values and the way we serve our members,” said Dan Hoemke, President of Medicare Arizona for Cigna Health Plan. “We are very committed to the community in making healthcare plans to be easily understood, accessible and foreseeable. We perceive this association with Equality Health as an extension of healthcare and customer experience for our clients who will benefit from the services from Cigna Medical Group.”
Another benefit of this partnership with Equality Health for members is access to a large number of independent healthcare providers in the community, who will now be able to provide increased quality care and attention to the community, through Cigna Medical Group.
“We would also like to highlight that it is very important for us that the Hispanic community in Arizona and the experience Equality Health has serving this community will help us provide better healthcare and represents an excellent opportunity,” said Hoemke.
Cigna and Equality Health: Working Against Diabetes
Cigna and Equality Health will focus on helping individuals in the Hispanic community manage chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, an illness that has very high levels among Latinos in Arizona. The partnership will help provide Diabetes education and better access to preventative care, which is needed in order to reduce the rate of Diabetes.
“Diabetes has disproportionate impact on the Latino community, we know that this illness can be considered an epidemic amongst Hispanics and the consequences of this disease impact are much larger than other groups of the population. For example, Hispanics are three times more likely to be hospitalized by complications from Diabetes,” commented Dr. Murat Mardirossian, Cigna Medicare Market Executive.
Factors that contribute to the increase in Diabetes cases include family history, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and smoking.
“There are definitely social factors that increase the likelihood of developing Diabetes, such as behavior, access to quality housing and food, support of the family, among other things. This is why that this association with Equality Health is very important, so the appropriate healthcare is available to those who need it the most,” said Dr. Mardirossian.
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Published in Prensa Arizona, 11/12/2020