$1.2 million provided to safety net health clinics by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Blue Cross grant funding will help increase access to care for uninsured Michiganders
DETROIT, Oct. 26, 2015 — Fifty-two safety net health care organizations across Michigan received grants totaling more than $1.2 million combined from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. The grant funding is dedicated to expanding access to health care, including critical specialty care, for Michigan’s underinsured and uninsured residents.
“Safety net providers offer crucial health care services to thousands of Michigan residents who would otherwise go without treatment,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy and Public Affairs at Blue Cross. “The nonprofit clinics receiving these grants provide people with a trusted health care resource they can turn to when they’re most in need. These clinics help people without health insurance live longer, healthier lives.”
The Foundation and Blue Cross awarded $400,000 of the total funding to four safety net providers to expand access to critical specialty care treatment. National data indicate the need for medical specialty services doubled between 1999 and 2009, from 4.8 percent to 9.3 percent. Estimates further project a shortage of medical specialists of as many as 8,000 physicians for all specialties by 2020.
The following specialty care grants were awarded:
- Detroit – $100,000 for the McAuley Health Center to support an innovative nurse-managed specialty program that uses a monthly clinic to address dermatology, endocrinology and podiatry at same time.
- Detroit – $100,000 to The Wellness Plan Medical Centers in Detroit to develop a Point of Care Specialty Services program to facilitate communication and bring necessary specialty services to the patient in the primary care clinic rather than sending them to external offices by using telemedicine or onsite specialist appointments.
- Mount Pleasant – $100,000 to Isabella Citizens for Health to utilize a nurse case-manager to work with underserved patients to oversee the referral process to local hospitals, ensure compliance with appointments and treatment plans, tracking appointment results and use.
- Temperance – $100,000 to the Family Medical Center of Michigan to employ a collaborative effort to engage specialty providers, residency programs and other community programs in an effort to increase access for their patients.
“Awarding critical financial support to resource-strapped clinics helps them provide much-needed services to people in underserved communities who often have little to no access to such specialized services,” said Audrey Harvey, executive director and chief executive officer of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “We congratulate the clinics that received these grants and are opening the door to life-changing and even life-saving care for so many people.”
In addition to the specialty care grants, Blue Cross also awarded grants to 48 Michigan safety net clinics as part of its “Strengthening the Safety Net” program. Now in its 11th year, the program provides free or low-cost medical and dental treatment for uninsured, underinsured and newly insured Michigan residents.
Under the “Strengthening the Safety Net” program, eligible clinics received up to $20,000 to support operations or enhance services. Blue Cross has provided more than $11 million in grant funds since the “Strengthening the Safety Net” program was created in 2004.
According to Healthy People 2020, people with a regular source of health care have better health outcomes and fewer disparities in costs. As in the past, all grantees are expected to provide health care and enrollment services and clinical quality assurance.
|Strengthening the Safety Net 2015 Grantees|
|Clinic Name||City||County||Dental or Medical||Amount|
|1||ACC Community Health Center||Dearborn||Wayne||Medical match||$20,000|
|2||AuSable Free Clinic||Grayling||Crawford||Medical match||$20,000|
|3||Barry Community Free Clinic||Hastings||Barry||Dental||$15,000|
|4||Baxter Community Center||Grand Rapids||Kent||Dental||$15,000|
|5||Boyne Area Free Clinic||Boyne City||Charlevoix||Medical||$10,000|
|6||Cabrini Clinic||Detroit||Wayne||Medical match||$20,000|
|7||Care Free Dental of Dickinson & Florence||Iron Mountain||Dickinson||Dental||$15,000|
|8||Caring Heart Health Clinic||Marlette||Sanilac||Medical||$10,000|
|9||Catherine’s Health Center||Grand Rapids||Kent||Medical match||$20,000|
|10||Centro Multicultural La Familia||Pontiac||Oakland||Medical match||$20,000|
|11||City on a Hill Health Clinic||Zeeland||Ottawa||Medical match||$20,000|
|12||Community HealthCare Connections||Battle Creek||Calhoun||Medical||$10,000|
|13||Cristo Rey Community Center||Lansing||Ingham||Medical match||$20,000|
|14||Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic||Pontiac||Oakland||Dental||$15,000|
|15||FernCare Free Clinic||Ferndale||Oakland||Dental||$9,700|
|17||Genesee County Free Medical Clinic||Flint||Genesee||Medical match||$20,000|
|18||Health Intervention Services||Grand Rapids||Kent||Dental||$15,000|
|19||Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic||Essexville||Bay||Medical||$10,000|
|20||His Healing Hands||Lansing||Ingham||Medical match||$20,000|
|21||Holland Free Health Clinic||Holland||Ottawa||Medical match||$20,000|
|22||Hope House Free Medical Clinic||Big Rapids||Mecosta||Medical||$10,000|
|23||Hope Medical Clinic||Westland||Wayne||Medical||$10,000|
|24||Hope Medical Clinic||Ypsilanti||Washtenaw||Dental||$15,000|
|26||Jewish Vocational Services||Southfield||Oakland||Dental||$15,000|
|27||Love in the Name of Christ Free Clinic||Grand Haven||Ottawa||Dental||$15,000|
|28||Loving Hands Clinic||Lapeer||Lapeer||Dental||$15,000|
|29||Medical Outreach Clinic||Clinton Twp.||Macomb||Medical match||$20,000|
|30||Mercy Place||Pontiac||Oakland||Medical match||$20,000|
|31||Northern Care Center||Cheboygan||Cheboygan||Medical||$10,000|
|32||Oasis of Hope Center||Grand Rapids||Kent||Medical||$10,000|
|33||Order of Malta Clinic||Detroit||Wayne||Dental||$15,000|
|34||People’s Clinic For Better Health||Port Huron||St. Clair||Medical||$10,000|
|35||Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County||Coldwater||Branch||Medical||$10,000|
|36||Renewed Hope Health Clinic||Allegan||Allegan||Medical match||$20,000|
|37||Robert R. Frank Student Run Health Center||Detroit||Wayne||Medical||$6,500|
|38||Saginaw Area Foundation for Eye Care||Saginaw||Saginaw||Medical||$10,000|
|39||Shelter Association of Washtenaw County||Ann Arbor||Washtenaw||Medical||$10,000|
|40||Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic||Owosso||Shiawassee||Medical||$10,000|
|41||St. Luke’s Clinic||Jackson||Jackson||Medical||$10,000|
|42||St. Mary’s of Michigan Center of HOPE Free Clinics||Saginaw||Saginaw||Medical match||$20,000|
|43||St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc.||Hillsdale||Hillsdale||Medical||$10,000|
|44||St. Vincent DePaul Dental Clinic||Detroit||Wayne||Dental||$15,000|
|45||Stehouwer Free Clinic||Cadillac||Wexford||Medical match||$20,000|
|46||University of Michigan Student Run Health Center||Pinckney||Livingston||Medical||$7,800|
|47||VINA Community Dental Center||Brighton||Livingston||Dental||$15,000|
|48||Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured, Downriver Community Clinic||Wyandotte||Wayne||Medical match||$20,000|
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MIBluesPerspectives.com.
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