Oscar Health, Inc. ‘MyIdentity’ Functionality Supports Transgender and Non-Binary Members

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oscar Health, Inc. (“Oscar”) (NYSE: OSCR), the first health insurance company built on a full stack technology platform and a relentless focus on serving its members, today announced the launch of its new ‘MyIdentity’ functionality as a part of its ongoing efforts to ensure that members get the access to care they need in an equitable way. This new functionality, which is available nationwide, allows all members – including those who identify as transgender or non-binary – to freely input their name, pronouns, and gender identity in the Oscar app.

For many people in the transgender and non-binary community, the identifiers that appear on their birth certificates, and by extension in their medical records, do not reflect their lived experience. A study by the National Center for Transgender Equality shows that discrimination and misgendering have led to nearly a quarter of transgender people in the United States reporting they’ve avoided going to the doctor when they were sick because they were afraid of being mistreated.

MyIdentity empowers all members to provide Oscar with information – including their first and last name, pronouns, and gender (as distinguished from their sex assigned at birth) – that accurately reflect their identity. These identifiers will then be used by the Oscar team when members are greeted upon logging into their digital accounts and whenever engaging with the Oscar Care Teams. Members are presented with this feature during onboarding, and can also access it at any time via settings on the web.

“Since day one, Oscar has been focused on building a system of healthcare that is centered around our members,” said Mario Schlosser, Co-Founder and CEO. “While there is still more work to be done, I am proud of our team of engineers who, through our unique full-stack technology, are able to quickly and proficiently meet the needs of our transgender and non-binary members to help them feel both seen and heard.”

Because of Oscar’s full-stack technology platform, the company is able to build end-to-end experiences for members that can be quickly customized and optimized to meet their individual needs. To learn more about Oscar’s unique technology platform, +Oscar, and how it is empowering others in the provider and payer space, please visit hioscar.com/plus-oscar.

About Oscar Health

Oscar Health, Inc. (“Oscar”) is the first health insurance company built around a full stack technology platform and a relentless focus on serving its members. At Oscar, our mission is to make a healthier life accessible and affordable for all. Headquartered in New York City, Oscar has been challenging the health care system’s status quo since our founding in 2012. The company’s member-first philosophy and innovative approach to care has earned us the trust of approximately 540,000 members as of March 31, 2021. We offer Individual & Family, Small Group and Medicare Advantage plans, and +Oscar, our full stack technology platform to others within the provider and payor space. Our vision is to refactor health care to make good care cost less. Refactor is a term used in software engineering that means to improve the design, structure, and implementation of the software, while preserving its functionality. At Oscar, we take this definition a step further. We improve our members’ experience by building trust through deep engagement, personalized guidance, and rapid iteration.


Jackie Kahn, Oscar



Foster Garvey Celebrates Diversity and Supports Inclusion with Declared Name and Pronouns Policy

Foster Garvey encourages business leaders to download a template of the firm’s Declared Name and Pronouns Policy, available for free on its website

SEATTLE, June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Foster Garvey, PC today announces it has established a Declared Name and Pronouns Policy as further commitment to ensuring a welcoming and inclusive work environment. The firm also partnered with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) to empower attorneys and professional staff to become stronger allies for transgender colleagues, family and community members. In addition, the firm is providing educational resources through its Opportunity & Progress Council (OPC) and the TLDEF, including a downloadable template to encourage other businesses to adopt similar policies. The policy and template were developed with the assistance of Reed Smith LLP and its LGBT+ Business Inclusion Group, PRISM.

The Declared Name and Pronouns Policy welcomes Foster Garvey employees to be who they are in all aspects of their work. Employees have been invited to add their Declared Name and Declared Pronouns to their internal firm profile and email signatures. With their consent, the firm will also ensure individuals’ Declared Name and Declared Pronouns are used in public-facing materials such as their Foster Garvey website bio and firm promotional materials, and that the Declared Name and Declared Pronouns will further be utilized in all interactions with their team members.  

“We believe everyone has the right to be who they are,” said Foster Garvey Co-Chair Diana Shukis. “Establishing our policy ensures that this belief becomes further ingrained in our firm culture. We are hopeful that sharing our policy encourages other organizations to take action to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive workplace for employees, including those who are transitioning, gender diverse and transgender.”

“Foster Garvey established the OPC with a mission to break down institutional and cultural barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Paul Heer, Co-Chair of the OPC. “Our Declared Name and Pronouns Policy represents one of several initiatives we have undertaken to exceed industry standards and enhance our abilities to best serve our clients, communities and each other.”

Foster Garvey PC was established through the combination of two storied Pacific Northwest-based law firms, Foster Pepper PLLC and Garvey Schubert Barer, PC, in 2019. Foster Garvey is now one of the largest firms in the region with six offices in SeattlePortlandWashington, D.C.New York,Spokane and Beijing, offering an extended national and international reach to serve several of the most influential and innovative companies, governments and individuals in the country across the full-spectrum of legal services. The firm’s attorneys are consistently recognized for their deep industry knowledge and superior client service by prominent legal industry publications including Best Lawyers in America©, Chambers USA and U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” In addition to providing efficient and effective counsel, Foster Garvey will continue to provide a strong commitment to community service, pro bono work, diversity and inclusion efforts, and a collegial and equitable work environment. www.foster.com

Paul Matulac 
Foster Garvey, PC
(503) 553-3136

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Pride Lives Here: BMO Celebrates LGBTQ2+ Community Across North America

TORONTO and CHICAGO, June 9, 2021 /CNW/ – To mark Pride Month, BMO Financial Group is reaffirming its commitment to listening to, learning from and celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirited (LGBTQ2+) community through initiatives designed to eliminate barriers to inclusion. As a proud supporter of Pride for more than two decades, BMO is celebrating and sponsoring events in communities across North America – including the 25th annual pride & remembrance run in Canada – in addition to launching BMO Pride’s new Road to Allyship Training Program for employees and establishing a five-year workforce representation goal of 3 per cent for LGBTQ2+ employees.

“At BMO, our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life is the driving force behind creating a more inclusive and barrier free society that celebrates the everyday moments of the people who stand up and say ‘Pride lives in me,'” said Mona Malone, Head of People & Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer, BMO Financial Group. “We are dedicated to fostering an environment of belonging, where all employees and customers are valued, respected and heard. Allies play an invaluable role in driving inclusion though support and advocacy, and by creating open and safe surroundings for all.”

BMO Pride in Action

BMO, as part of its Purpose, remains focused on accelerating positive change and eliminating barriers to inclusion. The bank’s ongoing support for the LGBTQ2+ community includes community and customer-focused initiatives, such as:

  • Supporting and sponsoring Pride events across North America including Blackhawks Pride Night, Chicago Bulls Pride Night, CANFAR, Maison du Parc, and The519.
  • Sponsoring the Pride and Remembrance Association’s annual pride and remembrance run in Canada, which BMO has been a proud sponsor of since its inception in 1996. For this year’s first-ever virtual run, BMO will partner with three Canadian drag queen content creators to produce Spotify playlists for participants.
  • Throughout the month of June, BMO is running a comprehensive social media and marketing campaign, Pride Lives Here, featured in branches across North America to showcase the everyday moments where Pride lives for customers and employees.
  • In December 2019, BMO Harris Bank was the first bank to issue the True Name™debit card, which allows customers to use their chosen name on the front of their cards, without the requirement of a legal name change. In June 2020, BMO expanded the availability of Mastercard’s True Name feature to additional payment card types.

BMO Pride in the Workplace

  • As part of the bank’s Zero Barriers to Inclusion 2025 strategy BMO has set a five-year workforce representation goal of 3 per cent for LGBTQ2+ employees. This commitment will ensure equitable opportunity, improving access to development and career advancement.
  • The launch of BMO Pride’s new Road to Allyship Training Program, which provides employees with steps and resources to help them strengthen their ability to be committed and supportive allies of their LGBTQ2+ colleagues and customers.
  • For the fourth consecutive year, BMO Harris Bank was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for being an industry leader in championing diversity and inclusion, earning a perfect score on its 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). BMO was also named a 2021 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
  • As part of its expanded focus on employee education, mentorship, executive sponsorship, and talent acquisition, BMO continues to expand its Gender Pronoun Initiative to branches across Canada and encourages employees to state their pronouns in their email signatures across communication channels internally and externally.
  • Comprised of more than 1,600 employees in Canada and the U.S, BMO’s Pride Enterprise Resource group continues to drive awareness, encourage conversation, foster personal and professional growth opportunities, and promotes an equitable and inclusive environment for all.

For more information on BMO’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitments, visit: https://our-impact.bmo.com.

About BMO Financial Group
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $950 billion as of April 30, 2021, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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CONTACT: For News Media Inquiries: Natasha Boeck, BMO Financial Group, Toronto, Natasha.Boeck@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996