Safety Net Health Center Program Grant
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced that it will give more than $8.3 million over three years in funding to help 11 safety net health center programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. The funding is to be used to implement medical home and care coordination programs for the region’s most vulnerable population, the chronically ill. In all, the funded programs are expected to provide services to as many as 66,000 individuals at more than 20 locations throughout the region.
CareFirst's Safety Net Health Center Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative is among the largest of its type ever by a private insurer to support safety net health centers – as well as the company's largest focused funding effort in history. The 11 programs will serve low-income, medically underserved communities – addressing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high-blood pressure, as well as a wide spectrum of medical issues including primary adult care and pediatric health, specialized care with HIV-targeted case management, and specialized services for homeless, minority, and uninsured populations.
The following 11 programs will receive funding from CareFirst as part of this grant:
- Arlington Free Clinic
- Baltimore Medical System
- Calvert Healthcare Solutions
- Chase Brexton Health Services
- Choptank Community Health System
- Community Clinic, Inc. and partner Greater Baden Medical Services
- Health Care for the Homeless
- Mary's Center
- Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County and partners Holy Cross Hospital Center Clinic and Proyecto Salud Clinic
- Total Health Care and partners Family Health Centers of Baltimore and Park West Health System, Inc.
- Unity Health Care
For additional information, please read the original press release.