Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to present multiple Grand Rapids clinics with grants to serve Michigan’s underinsured and uninsured Monday

Oct. 21, 2013

What:    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and state and local community leaders will announce four major health care grants aimed at helping Kent County underinsured and uninsured families gain access to care. The following clinics will receive grants: Health Intervention Services, Catherine’s Health Center, Oasis of Hope Center and Baxter Community Center.
     
When:   Monday, Oct. 21, at 1:00 p.m.
     
Where:   Health Intervention Services
    15 Andre SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49507
     
Who:   The following attendees that will provide remarks and be available for media interviews and photos at the event:
   
  • Sylvia Daining, president, Health Intervention Services
  • Ron Rozema, development director, Catherine’s Health Center
  • Melanie Beelen, executive director, Baxter Community Center
  • Barbara and Dan Grinwis, directors, Oasis of Hope Center
  • Jeff Connolly, vice president BCBSM & president of West MI Operations
  • State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell
Why:   More than 85,000 people have no health insurance in Kent County. As part of its commitment to increasing access to quality health care services and improving the health status of all Michigan residents, BCBSM supports locally operated, nonprofit clinics that provide health care to the most vulnerable – the uninsured and underinsured.
     
    The four grants are part of more than $1 million in grants BCBSM is providing to safety net clinics across Michigan in 2013 to help more uninsured people get treatment and care. BCBSM has given more than $9 million to the state’s safety net since 2005. This year, grants to more than 50 safety net clinics across the state could be used for operations, navigation assistance to help individuals with enrollment under the Affordable Care Act or dental care.

 

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