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

by Blues Perspectives

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Volunteer doctor prepares to draw blood from a preteen girl
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 NameCity
Renewed Hope Health ClinicAllegan
Hope House Free Medical ClinicBig Rapids
Boyne Area Free ClinicBoyne City
VINA Community Dental CenterBrighton
Stehouwer Free ClinicCadillac
Northern Care CenterCheboygan
McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach ClinicClinton Twp.
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch CountyColdwater
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social ServicesDearborn
ACC Community Health CenterDearborn
Cabrini ClinicDetroit
Corktown Health ClinicDetroit
Cass ClinicDetroit
Dames and Knights of the Order of Malta Dental ClinicDetroit
The Health Unit on Davidson Avenue – HUDA ClinicDetroit
The Luke Project 52 ClinicDetroit
Robert R. Frank Student-Run ClinicDetroit
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer ClinicEssexville
FernCare Free ClinicFerndale
Genesee County Free Medical ClinicFlint
Love in Action of the Tri-CitiesGrand Haven
Baxter Community CenterGrand Rapids
Exalta HealthGrand Rapids
Mel Trotter MinistriesGrand Rapids
Oasis of Hope CenterGrand Rapids
St. Peter’s Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc.Hillsdale
Holland Free Health ClinicHolland
St. Luke’s ClinicJackson
Care Free MedicalLansing
Cristo Rey Family Health CenterLansing
His Healing HandsLansing
MAPI Charitable Clinic: Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian DescentLathrup Village
Caring Heart Health ClinicMarlette
Fountain ClinicMarshall
Faith Works MedicalMonroe
Shiawassee Free Medical ClinicOwosso
University of Michigan Student-Run Free ClinicPinckney
Centro Multicultural La FamiliaPontiac
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health ClinicPontiac
People’s Clinic for Better HealthPort Huron
Trinity Community CareShelby Township
Ogemaw Hills Community of CaringWest Branch
Hope Medical ClinicWestland
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working UninsuredWyandotte
Hope Medical ClinicYpsilanti
City on a Hill MinistriesZeeland
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. More from MIBluesPerspectives:
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