Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Awards $1.6 Million in Grants.
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 7, 2004
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA BCBSMA Bluecross Blueshield of Massachusetts Foundation) announced a total of $1.6 million in grants to help 50 Massachusetts organizations coordinate care for uninsured patients and ensure that low-income consumers are enrolled in state-funded health insurance programs.
"This is a critical time to invest in organizations that serve the uninsured," said Foundation President Andrew Dreyfus. "A slow economy, rising health costs, and cuts in state programs are causing an increase in the number of people without health insurance in Massachusetts."
The Foundation awarded one-year grants ranging from $10,000 to $60,000. Examples of the types of programs supported by these grants include:
Berkshire Health Systems in Pittsfield, with collaborators Community Health Network of the Berkshires (CHNA CHNA Community Health Network Area
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BCHC Brownsville Community Health Center ), received $15,000. The grant will fund the Advocacy for Access (AFA AFA
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Island Health Plan, serving Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard, with collaborators Rural Health Clinic, Island Counseling Center, Cape Cod Health Care and the Falmouth Free Clinic, received $50,000. The grant will support the Vineyard Health Care Access Program (VHCAP) to expand its Reduced Fee Plan reduced fee plan,
n a program in which the fees established for some or all services are lower than those usually charged by dental professionals in the community. to include a partnership with the Island's new Rural Health Clinic for affordable primary care, and to expand access to coordinated care at off-Island facilities. The VHCAP will provide care coordination, system navigation, transportation, and financial counseling and assistance. The target population for this program is the 2,400 to 3,200 uninsured and underinsured un·der·in·sure
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Whittier Street Health Center received $40,000 to establish an outreach, education, screening, and coordinated care program for uninsured men of color, primarily Blacks and Latinos, ages 18-24. The health center will create an "Evening Men's Clinic" that integrates medical care with social service and behavioral health treatments for a vulnerable and difficult to serve population. Collaborators are Lower Roxbury Coalition, Roxbury Community Alliance for Health, Department of Corrections, Suffolk County House of Corrections HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS. A prison where offenders of a particular class are confined. The term is more common in England than in the United States. , and local churches.
Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA Mira (mī`rə), [Lat.,=marvelous], variable star in the constellation Cetus; Bayer designation Omicron Ceti; 1992 position R.A. 2h19.0m, Dec. −3°05'. ) received $35,000 to develop the immigrant community's participation in public policy development, and to create collaborations among policy, advocacy, and service organizations on immigrant health care access issues.
Since its inception in 2001, the BCBSMA Foundation (www.bcbsmafoundation.org) has awarded grants of more than $7 million to spark innovation and strengthen services for uninsured and low-income individuals and families in Massachusetts. The Foundation is governed by its own 17-member Board of Directors, and operates separately from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. BCBSMA committed an initial endowment of $55 million, making the Foundation one of the largest health philanthropies in Massachusetts.