Blue Cross Blue Shield Opens 2014 Safety Net Grant Program

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DETROIT — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan continues is opening its 2014 grant funding program. Through Blue Cross’ Strengthening the Safety Net grant program, the group encourages free clinics throughout Michigan apply for a grants of up to $15,000 to enhance the quality and access to health care in the communities they serve. Multiple grants will be distributed to qualifying clinics.

This is the 10th year of Blue Cross’ Strengthening the Safety Net grant program, and applications will be accepted throughout June 16.

Since the Strengthening the Safety Net grant program was created in 2005, Blue Cross Blue Shield has awarded over $9 million to the state’s free clinics, enabling over 50,000 uninsured and underinsured Michigan residents to obtain needed care each year. In 2013, BCBSM awarded 53 Strengthening the Safety Net grants to free clinics statewide which, in turn, provided health care services to 60,000 uninsured adults.

Grant winners will be announced by July 31.

For more information on the grant program and the application process, clinics can email safetynet@bcbsm.com, call 517-325-4651, or visit www.bcbsm.com/safetynet.

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