$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

26 Oct, 2015, 10:44 ET from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

DETROIT, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 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

16

Fountain Clinic

Marshall

Calhoun

Dental

$15,000

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

25

HUDA Clinic

Detroit

Wayne

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.

 

SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan



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