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Forty-Two Free Clinics Across State Share $1 Million in Grants From Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Date:5/20/2008

ette: Medical Access Coalition, and Sault Ste. Marie: Community Health Access Coalition.

Additional details about how all 42 free clinics will use their grant dollars can be found at http://www.bcbsm.com/home/bcbsm/freeclinics.shtml . In addition to medical and dental care, some free clinics also offer preventive care services and mental health counseling. Free clinics are staffed by volunteers including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists and other health care professionals.

Support of free clinics is part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's social mission. In 2007, BCBSM contributed at least $391 million to the people of Michigan through an array of initiatives that further its social mission to improve access to health coverage at affordable prices. Those initiatives include:

-- The MIChild program covering more than 28,000 lower-income children

-- Coverage for seniors, and subsidization of Medicare supplemental

-- Contributions to hospitals to help cover charity care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan also supports increased access to health care in other ways, including serving as a member of the Michigan Health Insurance Access Advisory Council. The council is committed to realistic strategies toward achieving the goal of every Michigan resident having access to health insurance.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to 4.7 million members residing in Michigan in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. The company offers a broad variety of plans including: Traditional Blue Cross Blue Shield; Blue Preferred, Community Blue and Healthy Blue Incentives PPOs; Blue Care Network HMO; BCN Healthy Blue Living; Flexible Blue plans compatible with health savings accounts; Medicare Advantage; Part D Prescription Drug plans, a
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