Health. Care. Value. For all.  
Empire BlueCross and BlueShield Disability Community Involvement Initiative  
Everything we do at Empire is focused on our mission of improving the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities. This spirit drives our commitment to create the best health care value for our customers, while advocating for responsible health care reform in America. It sets the foundation for our success and it strongly influences our approach to diversity as a competitive advantage. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense – race, gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identify, veteran status, as well as disability – and understand that this broad definition is inclusive of multigenerations and multicultural communities. We believe in the power of this broad view of diversity and the role it plays in creating a culture of distinction and the impact it has on improving our member and provider service satisfaction, and our associate and consumer engagement.  
We have been recognized with numerous awards for our commitment to include people with disabilities as part of our workforce and our business growth strategies. In 2010, Empire became a founding partner of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) Supplier Diversity Program. Building on our commitment to support people with disabilities, Empire is now featuring eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ as part of a Disability Community Involvement Initiative launched in association with leading advocacy groups for the disabled. 
If you have trouble typing, moving a mouse or reading, eSSENTIAL Accessibility can greatly enhance your experience at 
Click on this icon to download keyboard and mouse replacement solutions FREE, including a webcam-based hands-free movement tracking system, a page reader, predictive typing and other customizable options.  
eSSENTIAL Accessibility tools can be used on a standard PC* by anyone with dexterity challenges or reading difficulties arising from a variety of conditions, including: 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s disease
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Age-related factors
Mild visual difficulty
Limited proficiency in English
Literary opportunities
Other learning issues
Empire is proud to be the first healthcare benefits company to become a Founding Member of this Disability Community Involvement Initiative. It brings us one step closer to mirroring our society's diversity in the people we employ and the customers we serve. 
* Using a Mac? Click here to learn about using eSSENTIAL Accessibility on an Apple computer. 

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