BCBS awards West Michigan clinics

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Oasis of Hope Center in Grand Rapids was one of 47 Michigan health centers recognized by the Strengthening the Safety Net program. Courtesy Blue Cross, Blue Shield

A nonprofit mutual insurance company recently named its Strengthening the Safety Net program recipients, dividing $880,000 between 47 Michigan health care centers. 

Eight West Michigan health care centers were included in the 18th annual Blue Cross, Blue Shield (BCBS) program, which gives funds to “safety net” clinics providing free or low-cost medical and dental treatment for uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid and other vulnerable Michigan residents. 

Exalta Health, Mel Trotter Ministries, Oasis of Hope Center and Baxter Community Center of Grand Rapids each won $15,000 from the Strengthening the Safety Net program. City on a Hill Ministries of Zeeland, Renewed Hope Health Clinic in Allegan, Love in Action of the Tri-Cities in Grand Haven and the Holland Free Health Clinic each were awarded the same amount. 

Strengthening the Safety Net grantees will serve more than 65,000 vulnerable Michigan residents this year by targeting their services to those who are uninsured or underinsured. This year’s program gave $880,000 back to Michigan clinics, bringing the total contribution by BCBS to Michigan health care to $18 million since 2005. 

“Access to affordable health care and improving health equity are core to Blue Cross’ historic social mission,” said Ken Hayward, vice president, BCBS of Michigan. “Strengthening the Safety Net is a hallmark program showing our steadfast commitment to improving the health and well-being of everyone in Michigan. The program also reminds us that we need to continue closing the gap in accessibility and quality of care in innovative ways and through collaborative partnerships with our clinic providers and local communities.”

An estimated 220,000 patients have been served by grantee clinics since the beginning of BCBS’ grant program.

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