Michigan Clinics Receive $860,000 in Statewide Funding to Help Uninsured Patients Receive Health Care

Michigan Clinics Receive $860,000 in Statewide Funding to Help Uninsured Patients Receive Health Care

DETROIT, December 16, 2019 – Forty-seven Michigan clinics are receiving a total of $860,500 in funding through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Strengthening the Safety Net program. Now in its 15th consecutive year, the program provides free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health care services to uninsured and underinsured Michigan residents, including treatment for substance use disorder. Last year, more than 50,000 patients statewide were provided care. This year, grant recipients expect to provide care to more than 60,000 vulnerable residents.

“Since 2005, we’ve worked with safety net clinics across the state to help more than a quarter of a million Michiganders gain access to health care,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “We’re forging these strategic partnerships to address the needs for primary care, dental care, substance use disorder and mental health services.”

Clinics that provide free or low-cost medical, dental, mental health, vision and specialty care services were invited to apply for a Strengthening the Safety Net grant in May to support operations or expand services. In addition to the $860,500 in grants from Blue Cross, health care organizations offering primary care services received more than $190,000 in matched funding. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the largest, private donor to Michigan’s free clinics. Since 2005, Blue Cross has provided more than $15 million in grants so safety net clinics can care for the uninsured and underinsured. An overview of the organizations receiving Strengthening the Safety Net grants this year is below:

The following health care homes, or clinics, offer services for at least 30 hours per week, were awarded up to $25,000 each:

Baxter Community Center Grand Rapids
Cabrini Clinic Detroit
Care Free Medical and Dental Lansing
Cristo Rey Family Health Center Lansing
Corktown Health Clinic Detroit
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic Pontiac
Exalta Health, formerly Health Intervention Services Grand Rapids
Fountain Clinic Marshall
Genesee County Free Medical Clinic Flint
His Healing Hands Lansing
Holland Free Health Clinic Holland
Hope Medical Clinic Ypsilanti
Love in Action of the Tri-Cities Grand Haven
McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach Clinic Clinton Twp.
Mercy Place Pontiac
People’s Clinic for Better Health Port Huron
VINA Community Dental Center Brighton

The following clinics  provide urgent and episodic care and treat more than 100 uninsured or underinsured patients each year.  Theywere awarded up to $15,000 each:

ACC Community Health Center Dearborn
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services Dearborn
Boyne Area Free Clinic Boyne City
Care Free Dental of Dickinson & Florence Iron Mountain
Caring Heart Health Clinic Marlette
Cass Clinic Detroit
Centro Multicultural La Familia Marlette
City on a Hill Health Clinic Zeeland
FernCare Free Clinic Ferndale
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic Essexville
Hope House Free Medical Clinic Big Rapids
Hope Medical Clinic Westland
HUDA Clinic Detroit
Jewish Vocational Services Tri-County Dental Health Southfield
Luke Project – 52 Clinic Inc. Detroit
MAPI Clinic Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Descent Lathrup Village
Malta Clinic Detroit
Mel Trotter Ministries Grant Rapids
Northern Care Center Cheboygan
Oasis of Hope Center Grand Rapids
Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic West Branch
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County Coldwater
Renewed Hope Health Clinic Allegan
Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic Owosso
St. Luke’s Clinic Jackson
St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc. Hillsdale
Stehouwer Free Clinic Cadillac
Trinity Community Care Shelby Twp.
University of Michigan Student-run Health Center Pinckney
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured Wyandotte

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides health benefits to more than 4.7 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies residing outside the state. The company has been committed to delivering affordable health care products through a broad variety of plans for businesses, individuals and seniors for 80 years. Beyond health care coverage, BCBSM supports impactful community initiatives and provides leadership in improving health care. For more information, visit bcbsm.com and MiBluesPerspectives.com.