Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan continues commitment to strengthening the safety net for the ninth consecutive year, awarding over $1 million to more than 50 Michigan clinics

Oct. 31, 2013

DETROIT — As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to extend insurance coverage for many uninsured Michigan residents, there are still many who will find themselves without coverage. As part of its commitment to increasing access to quality health care services and improving the health status of all Michigan residents, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is continuing its commitment to strengthening Michigan’s safety net program. This year, BCBSM marks its ninth year of support by giving more than $1 million in grants to support safety net clinics across Michigan.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is proud to support clinics, health professionals and volunteers across Michigan who are dedicated to helping every single family in their communities get the care and treatment they need to be healthy,” said Kim Kratz, BCBSM senior health care analyst. “Safety net clinics provide access to care for tens of thousands of vulnerable, uninsured Michigan residents and without these clinics, patients would delay and even forego care at great cost to themselves, their families and the health care system. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is honored to continue our partnership with these clinics to continue building a healthier Michigan together.”

BCBSM has provided over $9 million in grants through its Strengthening the Safety Net program since 2005. This year’s grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 per clinic and will be allocated to assist clinics with daily operations, while enhancing the services they offer.

This year, clinics receiving the safety net grants from BCBSM could use a portion of their funding, maximum of $10,000, to help people apply for and enroll in affordable health insurance on the new Health Insurance Marketplace, or enroll in an expanded Medicaid program that will begin coverage on April 1, 2014. Clinics receiving these funds will certify at least one member or volunteer at the clinic to help patients learn about and potentially apply for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or a plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace. The clinics will also help newly insured patients transition from the free clinic to a new primary care clinic and find additional services and support.

“The new federal health care law is complicated and the Blues are excited to work with frontline healthcare providers to help more Michigan families easily get health insurance coverage, and the grant funds dedicated to navigation help the people navigate the process,” said Kratz.

The following is a listing of the safety net clinics that received grants from BCBSM in 2013:

Alpena County
The Free Clinic of Alpena – Alpena, Mich.

Barry County
Freely Given Inc. dba Barry Community Free Clinic – Hastings, Mich.

Bay County
Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic – Essexville, Mich.

Branch County
Presbyterian Health Clinic of Branch County – Coldwater, Mich.

Calhoun County
Community HealthCare Connections – Battle Creek, Mich.
Fountain Clinic – Marshall, Mich.

Charlevoix County
Boyne Area Free Clinic, Inc. – Boyne City, Mich.

Cheboygan County
Northern Care Center – Cheboygan, Mich.  

Crawford County
AuSable Free Clinic, Inc. – AuSable, Mich.

Dickinson County
Care Free Dental of Dickinson and Florence, Inc. – Iron Mountain, Mich.

Genesee County
Genesee County Free Medical Clinic – Flint, Mich.

Hillsdale County
St. Peter's Free Clinic of Hillsdale County, Inc. – Hillsdale, Mich.

Ingham County
Cristo Rey Community Center – Lansing, Mich.
Care Free Medical & Dental – Lansing and Mason, Mich. 

Jackson County
St. Luke's Clinic – Jackson, Mich. 

Kent County
Catherine’s Health Center – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Health Intervention Services – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Oasis of Hope Center – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Baxter Community Center – Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lapeer County
Loving Hands Clinic – Lapeer, Mich.

Livingston County
Faith Medical Clinic – Pinckney, Mich.
VINA Community Dental Center – Brighton, Mich.

Macomb County
St. John Providence Community Health, Physicians Who Care – Warren, Mich.

Marquette County
Medical Care Access Coalition, Inc. – Marquette, Mich.

Mecosta County
Hope House Free Medical Clinic – Big Rapids, Mich.

Oakland County
Centro Multicultural La Familia – Pontiac, Mich.
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic – Pontiac, Mich.
FernCare Free Clinic, Inc. – Ferndale, Mich.
St Joseph Mercy Oakland dba Mercy Place – Pontiac, Mich.
Tri-County Dental Program dba Jewish Family Services – Southfield, Mich.

Ottawa County
City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic – Zeeland, Mich.
Holland Free Health Clinic – Holland, Mich.
Love in the Name of Christ Free Health Clinic – Grand Haven, Mich.

Saginaw County
Community Prescription Support Program – Saginaw, Mich.
Saginaw Area Foundation for Eye Care – Saginaw, Mich.
St. Mary's of Michigan Center of HOPE Free Clinics – Saginaw, Mich.

Shiawassee County
Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic – Owosso, Mich.

St. Clair County
People's Clinic For Better Health – Port Huron Township, Mich.

St. Joseph County
Riverside Health Clinic – Three Rivers, Mich.

Washtenaw County
Hope Medical Clinic, Inc.: Ypsilanti Clinic – Ypsilanti, Mich.
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County – Ann Arbor, Mich.

Wayne County
Arab American and Chaldean Council Primary Care Clinic – Detroit, Mich.
Cass Clinic – Detroit, Mich.
Hope Medical Clinic, Inc.: Wayne Clinic – Westland, Mich.
HUDA Clinic – Detroit, Mich.
Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation – Detroit, Mich.
Order of Malta Medical/Dental Clinic – Detroit, Mich.
Society of St. Vincent DePaul Dental Clinic – Detroit, Mich.
The Dr. Albert B Cleage Sr. Memorial Health Center – Detroit, Mich.
Trinity Community Services & Educational Foundation dba Cabrini Clinic – Detroit, Mich.
Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured – Wyandotte, Mich.
Z.I.A.D. Health for the Uninsured – Trenton, Mich.

Wexford County
Stehouwer Free Clinic – Cadillac, Mich.

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