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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Anthem Foundation Award $650,000 to Virginia Free Clinics; Company Has Given More Than $8 Million Since 1992.

RICHMOND Richmond, cities, United States
Richmond.

1 City (1990 pop. 87,425), Contra Costa co., W Calif., on San Pablo Bay, an inlet of San Francisco Bay; inc. 1905.
, Va. -- Providing access to quality health care for all Virginians is a major challenge facing the commonwealth.

Anthem anthem [ultimately from antiphon], short nonliturgical choral composition used in Protestant services, usually accompanied and having an English text. The term is used in a broader sense for "national anthems" and for the Latin motets still used occasionally in  Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Shield A US not-for-profit health care insurer that is a reimbursement intermediary for physicians. Cf Blue Cross.  has taken a leadership role in supporting the free clinics that provide health care to Virginia's uninsured. In fact, no other health plan or private company in the history of the state has supported the delivery of free medical care to those in need on the same scale or for the same length of time as Anthem. For more than a decade, Anthem has backed free clinics with money and manpower. Total direct financial support to the state's free clinics has been more than $8 million since 1992, including $650,000 this year.

This support has provided valuable operating funds to the free clinics, which annually serve more than 60,000 low-income low-in┬Ěcome
adj.
Of or relating to individuals or households supported by an income that is below average.
, uninsured Virginians with general and specialty medical care, dental care, mental health counseling and prescription medications. All 46 clinics that are members of the Virginia Virginia, state, United States
Virginia, state of the south-central United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), North Carolina and Tennessee (S), Kentucky and West Virginia (W), and Maryland and the District of Columbia (N and NE).
 Association of Free Clinics have been awarded $10,000 to help support operational expenses. The company also contributed $50,000 to support the Virginia Association of Free Clinics administrative needs.

This year, the Anthem Foundation awarded $140,000 in special health care grants to fund cancer screening programs. "Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Virginia and the uninsured and under-insured frequently do not have adequate access to cancer prevention, screening and early detection services," said Mark Cruise, executive director of the Virginia Association of Free Clinics. "These cancer screening grants will serve a vital role and we are grateful to Anthem for their long running support."

Clinics receiving the cancer screening grants are the Free Clinic of

Central Virginia, Free Clinic of Goochland, Lackey Free Family Medicine Clinic, Loudoun
For the county in Virginia, U.S., see Loudoun County, Virginia.


Loudoun (Lughdan in Scottish Gaelic) is an area of East Ayrshire, Scotland, east of Kilmarnock. The word Loudoun is derivative of the Celtic Pagan God name Lugh.
 County Free Clinic, Rockbridge Rockbridge may refer to:
  • Rockbridge, Illinois
  • Rockbridge, Missouri
  • Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, Ohio
  • Rockbridge County, Virginia
  • Rockbridge, Wisconsin
 Area Free Clinic, Shenandoah County Free Clinic and Smyth County Free Clinic.

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