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Florida's Uninsured and Underinsured to Benefit from Statewide Grants
Date:1/14/2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida, the philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF), has approved $761,000 in grants to be awarded this winter to 11 nonprofit Florida organizations providing health-related services to in-need Floridians.

"Around 20 percent of Florida residents are uninsured," said Susan Towler, executive director of The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida. "That's more than 3.8 million people who may forgo important medical care if they don't have access to free and low-cost services. The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida is proud to support organizations working to help Floridians who do not have access to traditional health care options."

Recipients, grant totals and program areas funded are:

  • Alert Health, Inc. (formerly Hep-C Alert, Inc.) -- $100,000 -- linkage coordinator, lab counselor, cholesterol and glucose tests to support preventative health screenings in North Miami.
  • Clinica Luz Del Mundo (Light of the World Clinic) -- $100,000 -- case manager/community outreach coordinator, medical assistant, supplies and lab fees to increase patient capacity in a free medical clinic in Broward County.
  • Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine -- $44,877 -- women's health services for uninsured women of Polk County.
  • Manatee County Rural Health Services, Inc. -- $97,250 -- registered dietician and health educator to help patients from Manatee, Desoto and a portion of Sarasota counties manage their diabetes.
  • Marion County Children's Advocacy Center, Inc. -- $80,960 -- therapist and child advocate supporting child abuse victims in Marion County.
  • Miami Beach Community Heal
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