Oct. 15, 2014
DETROIT— For the 10th year in a row, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is helping to fund more than 50 free medical clinics across Michigan to help the uninsured get the care they need.
In 2014, with the distribution of 53 “Strengthening the Safety Net” grants, Blue Cross will have provided more than $10 million to support safety net providers across Michigan since the grant program was created in 2005. The grants have enabled free clinics to care for more than 60,000 Michigan patients and their families annually and accounted for more than one million patient medical visits.
“Safety net clinics provide access to care for tens of thousands of uninsured Michigan residents in need of medical treatment and without these clinics, patients would delay and even forego care at great cost to themselves, their families and the health care system,” said Kim Kratz, BCBSM senior health care analyst. “Blue Cross understands the need for free clinics isn’t going away and our partnerships help many in the state gain access to much needed care and, in some cases, life-saving services.”
This year, grant recipients will each receive $15,000 in funding to assist with daily operations while enhancing the services they offer, including: prescription assistance; medications to patients between pending insurance coverage; dental care; and enrollment assistance for the Healthy Michigan expanded Medicaid plan. The clinics also will help newly insured patients transition from a free clinic to a new primary care provider and access additional services and support.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will announce three major grants aimed at helping Ingham County uninsured and underinsured families obtain access to health care. Blues Cross is awarding “Strengthening the Safety Net” grants to Cristo Rey Health Clinic, Care Free Medical and Dental and His Healing Hands Urgent Care Center on Monday, Oct. 20 at Cristo Rey Health Clinic in Lansing.
More than 36,000 people in Ingham County do not have health insurance. As part of its commitment to increasing access to quality health care services and improving the health status of all Michigan residents, for the 10th year in a row, Blue Cross is helping to fund more than 50 free medical clinics across the state through its “Strengthening the Safety Net” grant program.