More Than 45 Michigan Clinics Receive Grants to Help Uninsured Patients Access Health Care

by Brianna Neace

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DETROIT, October 25, 2017 – Forty-seven safety net clinics throughout Michigan will receive a total of $778,346 in funding through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Strengthening the Safety Net program. The program, now in its 13th year, provides funding to clinics that offer free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health treatment for uninsured and under-insured Michigan residents. “These clinics provide valuable health care services in their communities, and we are proud to support them and expand access to quality care for individuals in need,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy, Government and Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “This 13-year effort continues to improve health care stability and is now expected to reach more than 74,000 patients.” 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 June to support operations or expand services. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the largest, private donor to Michigan’s free clinics across the state. Since 2005, more than $13 million in grants have been given so safety net clinics can care for the uninsured and underinsured. An overview of the organizations receiving Strengthening the Safety Net grants is below: Health Care Homes awarded up to $25,000 each:
Baxter Community Center Grand Rapids
Cabrini ClinicDetroit
Care Free Medical and DentalLansing
Centro Multicultural La FamiliaPontiac
Cristo Rey Family Health CenterLansing
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 the Name of Christ Free Health ClinicGrand Haven
McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach ClinicClinton Twp.
People's Clinic for Better HealthPort Huron
Stehouwer Free ClinicCadillac
VINA Community Dental CenterBrighton
Clinics awarded up to $12,500 each:
ACC Community Health CenterDearborn
Boyne Area Free ClinicBoyne City
Care Free Dental of Dickinson & FlorenceIron Mountain
Caring Heart Health ClinicMarlette
Cass ClinicDetroit
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
Loving Hands ClinicLapeer
MAPI Clinic Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian DescentLathrup Village
Mel Trotter MinistriesGrant Rapids
Mercy PlacePontiac
Northern Care CenterCheboygan
Oasis of Hope CenterGrand Rapids
Ogemaw Hills Free ClinicWest Branch
Order of Malta ClinicDetroit
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch CountyColdwater
Regents of the UM Student-Run Health CenterPinckney
Renewed Hope Health ClinicAllegan
Robert R. Frank Student-Run Health CenterDetroit
Shiawassee Free Medical ClinicOwosso
St. Luke's ClinicJackson
St. Mary's of Michigan Center of HOPE Free ClinicsSaginaw
St. Peter's Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc.Hillsdale
St. Vincent de Paul Dental ClinicDetroit
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 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 and

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