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    2013 Health Safety Net Symposium Preview

     

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    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is once again hosting the Health Safety Net Symposium on Sept. 12 at the Lansing Radisson Hotel.

    Now in its third year, the no cost, invitation only event brings together the leaders and top minds of Michigan’s free health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and other organizations within the safety net in an effort to learn and share information.

    The Blues have long been dedicated to providing funding for access to quality medical and dental care for those in need. By the end of 2013, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will have awarded nearly $9 million dollars in grants to free clinics.

    Partnered with hospitals, doctors, nurses, and dentists, the Health Safety Net Symposium’s primary goal is to improve access to health care through new initiatives for our more vulnerable populations: those who cannot afford or have limited access to health insurance and quality health care.

    The only forum of its kind in the state, the symposium began with the goal of helping safety net providers strengthen their operations while increasing both their capacity and efficiency. This was done through the sharing of knowledge, tools, and resources via the networking opportunity the symposium provides.

    With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the opening of the insurance marketplace Oct. 1 2013, this year’s symposium is more critical than ever.

    For primary providers and their partners, the symposium provides information regarding the ACA from operational and policy perspectives, including how the ACA affects the safety net itself.

    The ACA will rely upon the Health Safety Net to expand coverage by reaching out to patients who already have a relationship with the Safety Net: the vulnerable, uninsured and under-uninsured.

    Due to the ACA, more people will be insured than ever before. Many of these newly insured patients have existing relationships within the Health Safety Net.

    The symposium will provide resources and information on how to best handle such large-scale changes, and the transition and influx of these patients.

    Additionally, resources will be available for free clinics and their partners on how to provide the best service for those that will remain uninsured. From any perspective, the key component of this year’s symposium is the myriad options for networking.

    With so many providers, partners, and other components of the Health Safety Net gathered in one place, it is a perfect opportunity to exchange ideas, information, and resources in order to advance the Safety Net under the ACA.

    You can register for the Health Safety Net Symposium here.

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