Pat Geraghty, CEO of Florida Blue, the leading health insurer in Florida, today announced that the company will donate $1 million to support relief and recovery efforts across the state in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
“The devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma – from the Keys and south Florida, up our beautiful west coast, and on north to Tallahassee and Jacksonville – has been heartbreaking. The staggering power of nature has humbled us, affecting millions and changing lives and circumstances possibly for years to come. While we know that Floridians are incredibly resilient, we also know that our neighbors and communities will need help to recover and rebuild. The entire Florida Blue family, driven by our mission, stands ready to do our part.”
Florida Blue’s relief funds will be focused on areas of the state that have been hardest hit by the storm. The company intends to contribute to the general funds of local, regional and statewide organizations serving people in affected areas, that will then decide how best to allocate the funds. Among the organizations that Florida Blue intends to partner with are local United Way affiliates, community foundations, the American Red Cross and Volunteer Florida’s Florida Disaster Fund.
About Florida Blue
Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for more than 70 years. Driven by its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, the company has more than 5 million health care members across the state. An additional 15 million people in 12 states are served through its affiliated companies. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.