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

by Blues Perspectives

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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 CenterGrand Rapids
Cabrini ClinicDetroit
Care Free Medical and DentalLansing
Cristo Rey Family Health CenterLansing
Corktown Health ClinicDetroit
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health ClinicPontiac
Exalta Health, formerly Health Intervention ServicesGrand Rapids
Fountain ClinicMarshall
Genesee County Free Medical ClinicFlint
His Healing HandsLansing
Holland Free Health ClinicHolland
Hope Medical ClinicYpsilanti
Love in Action of the Tri-CitiesGrand Haven
McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach ClinicClinton Twp.
Mercy PlacePontiac
People’s Clinic for Better HealthPort Huron
VINA Community Dental CenterBrighton
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 CenterDearborn
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social ServicesDearborn
Boyne Area Free ClinicBoyne City
Care Free Dental of Dickinson & FlorenceIron Mountain
Caring Heart Health ClinicMarlette
Cass ClinicDetroit
Centro Multicultural La FamiliaMarlette
City on a Hill Health ClinicZeeland
FernCare Free ClinicFerndale
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer ClinicEssexville
Hope House Free Medical ClinicBig Rapids
Hope Medical ClinicWestland
HUDA ClinicDetroit
Jewish Vocational Services Tri-County Dental HealthSouthfield
Luke Project – 52 Clinic Inc.Detroit
MAPI Clinic Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian DescentLathrup Village
Malta ClinicDetroit
Mel Trotter MinistriesGrant Rapids
Northern Care CenterCheboygan
Oasis of Hope CenterGrand Rapids
Ogemaw Hills Free ClinicWest Branch
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch CountyColdwater
Renewed Hope Health ClinicAllegan
Shiawassee Free Medical ClinicOwosso
St. Luke's ClinicJackson
St. Peter's Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc.Hillsdale
Stehouwer Free ClinicCadillac
Trinity Community CareShelby Twp.
University of Michigan Student-run Health CenterPinckney
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working UninsuredWyandotte
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 and

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