Free Clinics Provide Safety Net to Those Most in Need
Any parent can share war stories about raising kids and multiple visits to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms over the years. It is almost like a “rite of passage” in the parenting arena.
There are always tales about broken arms, the stitches in the chin, the scary fall off the bed, plenty of upper respiratory infections to go ‘round, and more 24-hour stomach bugs than anyone cares to recollect. Being a Blues member is a blessing for that reason alone.
It’s comforting to know that you and your family can get the care they need when they need it – covered or not.
Which is why Michigan’s free clinics are so crucial. Across our great state, an estimated 1.8 million people go uninsured – and that number is anticipated to rise steadily until 2011. These clinics provide the safety net that residents without coverage or money to pay for care desperately need to stay healthy and manage chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure.
So for six years and running, the Blues is helping to keep non-profit free clinics going through its Strengthen the Safety Net grant program. Clinics use this funding to expand their services, partner with their local hospital, improve their technology or make other enhancements.
Know of a free clinic in your area that could use some extra funds? Spread the word – encourage them to go to bcbsm.com/safetynet for more information on the Strengthen the Safety Net grant program.