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Loyola Clinical Centers Awarded $10K Grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Loyola, MD (April 12, 2012) - The Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC) has been awarded $10,000 from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) to continue providing affordable and accessible health services to underserved populations.

LCC will use the money to partially offset fees for clients who cannot afford psychology, literacy, pastoral counseling, or speech-language pathology/audiology care (known as "allied health") at full price.

"I am both grateful and thrilled by CareFirst's generous support of our efforts to offer critical, state-of-the-art services to the Baltimore community," said Janet Simon Schreck, M.S., CCC-SLP, executive director of LCC. "In this difficult economy, we anticipate an even greater number of people who qualify for financial assistance will seek our care in the coming year. With the help of CareFirst, we will augment our commitment to meeting their needs."

The increased accessibility to LCC's allied health services will result in improved academic performance among school-age children; better mental health behaviors between and among children and adults; enhanced communication between and among children and adults in school, work, play, and other social interactions; and improved social participation by adults with chronic and degenerative cognitive-communication issues. This increase will not be possible without financial assistance for clients. In 2010 alone, 65% of the 1,757 clients treated by LCC received free or reduced-cost services based on LCC's sliding fee scale, with clients paying only $244,830 for services valued at $481,637.

"We are happy to support the work of Loyola Clinical Centers and this funding will allow the organization to better address their patient’s health needs and to improve overall health outcomes for low-income populations," said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs. "Our support for programs like this is part of our regional efforts to enhance access to health care and social services for some of our region's most vulnerable populations."

About the Loyola Clinical Centers
The Loyola Clinical Centers provides state-of-the-art facilities and treatment for people experiencing difficulties in the areas of psychology, pastoral counseling, literacy, hearing, speech, and language. The Centers operates from three locations: Loyola Clinical Centers Belvedere Square and Loyola/Notre Dame Library in Baltimore City, and Loyola's Columbia Graduate Center in Columbia, Howard County. Some services are also provided off-site through partnerships with schools and community agencies. From these locations, the Loyola Clinical Centers is devoted to wellness in every aspect - from wellness of an individual or a family, to wellness of the community as a whole. Operating under the auspices of Loyola University Maryland, the Clinical Centers serve a dual function: to provide hands-on clinical training to Loyola graduate students, and to supply affordable, quality care to underserved members of the greater Baltimore community. The collaboration between community, students, and expert clinicians at the Loyola Clinical Centers shows that integrated care is truly a benefit for everyone.

About CareFirst
In its 75th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2011, CareFirst contributed $51 million to community programs designed to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our web site at www.carefirst.com or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CareFirst_News.

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