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Blue Cross Opens Doors to Free and Low-Cost Health Care

Finding health care can feel difficult – especially if you don’t have health insurance or have insurance with limited coverage. Health care – and mental health care – can also be costly for many households. These barriers are all too common – and can cause people to delay seeking care until serious complications develop.  

For people in Michigan seeking care for physical and mental health concerns, free and low-cost clinics are located in communities across the state that are ready to help.  

These clinics offer services both directly and through community partners. The services often include: 

  • Medical care  
  • Screenings for lead and chronic conditions  
  • Immunizations  
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services 
  • Food assistance 
  • Dental care 
  • Mental health care 

These clinics are funded in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Strengthening the Safety Net program, which has provided more than $18 million in grants to clinics across the state since 2005.  

Removing barriers to accessing health care is good for everyone. When individuals have steady access to health care, it can improve their outcomes, reduce disparities and lower health care costs. It’s also good for families, for communities; for workforces and for the health care system as a whole. 

Here are the most recent recipients of the Blue Cross Strengthening the Safety Net grants, which will assist approximately 65,000 individuals this year.    

 

Clinic Name City
Renewed Hope Health Clinic Allegan
Hope House Free Medical Clinic Big Rapids
Boyne Area Free Clinic Boyne City
VINA Community Dental Center Brighton
Stehouwer Free Clinic Cadillac
Northern Care Center Cheboygan
McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach Clinic Clinton Twp.
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County Coldwater
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services Dearborn
ACC Community Health Center Dearborn
C-ASIST Dearborn
Cabrini Clinic Detroit
Corktown Health Clinic Detroit
Cass Clinic Detroit
Dames and Knights of the Order of Malta Dental Clinic Detroit
The Health Unit on Davidson Avenue – HUDA Clinic Detroit
The Luke Project 52 Clinic Detroit
Robert R. Frank Student-Run Clinic Detroit
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic Essexville
FernCare Free Clinic Ferndale
Genesee County Free Medical Clinic Flint
Love in Action of the Tri-Cities Grand Haven
Baxter Community Center Grand Rapids
Exalta Health Grand Rapids
Mel Trotter Ministries Grand Rapids
Oasis of Hope Center Grand Rapids
St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc. Hillsdale
Holland Free Health Clinic Holland
St. Luke’s Clinic Jackson
Care Free Medical Lansing
Cristo Rey Family Health Center Lansing
His Healing Hands Lansing
MAPI Charitable Clinic: Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Descent Lathrup Village
Caring Heart Health Clinic Marlette
Fountain Clinic Marshall
Faith Works Medical Monroe
Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic Owosso
University of Michigan Student-Run Free Clinic Pinckney
Centro Multicultural La Familia Pontiac
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic Pontiac
People’s Clinic for Better Health Port Huron
Trinity Community Care Shelby Township
Ogemaw Hills Community of Caring West Branch
Hope Medical Clinic Westland
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured Wyandotte
Hope Medical Clinic Ypsilanti
City on a Hill Ministries Zeeland

 

By eliminating barriers to health care for the uninsured and underinsured, Blue Cross is helping to move the needle toward better health outcomes for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.   

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