Magic Johnson And Cigna Team Up To Improve Minority Healthcare

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Kenan Draughorne
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LOS ANGELES, CA — Magic Johnson and health insurance giant Cigna have teamed up to fight health disparities in POC communities within Los Angeles. The pair launched an initiative to support minority and female-owned businesses, by providing customized health care plans for issues that disproportionately affect people of color.

The initiative will focus on health issues such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and high-risk pregnancies. Cigna will also invest $3 million in local charities working to improve health equity in Los Angeles.

"Minority and women entrepreneurs and business owners are vital to creating a strong economy and vibrant communities — and we need to do even more to support them right now," Johnson said. "It's important for these businesses to survive and be able to employ Black, Hispanic and other employees of color, while offering benefits to combat the health disparities that have taken a toll on our communities. Together with Cigna, we are providing the tools and information needed to improve the health and productivity of their workforce."

Numerous studies have shown how the coronavirus pandemic has hit Black and Brown communities much harder than others. According to the California Department of Public Health, 48% of people who died from coronavirus were Latino, despite the community being only 38% of the state's population.

"Today's intersection of health, economic and racial crises motivated us to take definitive action to partner with these small and mid-size businesses by improving the health and productivity of their workforce -- many of whom are from underserved communities," said Mike Triplett, president of Cigna's U.S. Commercial business. 'We are excited to team up with the legendary Earvin 'Magic' Johnson to bring our new initiative to the market."

Specialized plans include access to local providers who excel in treating underserved communities, virtual care options and home delivery, and whole-person health services.

City News Service and Kenan Draughorne contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the Los Angeles Patch