Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Grants to Improve Access to Health Care

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Awards
$1.5 Million in Grants to Improve Access to Health Care

BOSTON (Oct. 10, 2019) – The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to 28 community organizations to support initiatives for promoting accessible health care and coverage for vulnerable and low-income residents across the Commonwealth.

The new round of grants focuses on two key program areas, Connecting Consumers with Care and Strengthening the Voice for Access.  The Foundation also supported several organizations through its Special Initiatives grant-making program that provides one-time grants to innovative pilot and demonstration projects.

Connecting Consumers with Care grants provide support for up to two years to Massachusetts community-based organizations and health centers to assist eligible consumers with securing, maintaining and navigating health insurance coverage.  Strengthening the Voice for Access grants provide up to two years of core operating support to statewide organizations working on expanding access to health care and promoting the health care interests of low-income residents.  All three Special Initiatives grantees will focus on behavioral health.

“We targeted many of the grants toward communities with persistently high rates of uninsurance, to support strategies related to connecting with hard-to-reach groups,” said Audrey Shelto, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.  “Other grants focused on community engagement, strong partnerships among advocacy organizations, and policy advocacy initiatives on a number of key fronts, including affordability, the public charge rule, delivery system reform, and behavioral health.”

The following is a complete list of Foundation grantees:

Connecting Consumers with Care grantees

Organization

Location

Amount

Boston Health Care for the Homeless

Boston

$40,000

Boston Public Health Commission

Boston

$45,000

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Brockton

$45,000

Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee

Cambridge

$45,000

Caring Health Center

Springfield

$45,000

Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands

Hyannis

$45,000

The Dimock Center

Roxbury

$45,000

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

East Boston

$45,000

Ecu-Health Care

North Adams

$45,000

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Worcester

$45,000

Family Health Center of Worcester

Worcester

$45,000

Greater New Bedford Health Center

New Bedford

$45,000

Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett

Everett

$45,000

Lowell Community Health Center

Lowell

$45,000

Funding total

 

$625,000


Strengthening the Voice for Advocacy
grantees

Organization

Location

Amount

Boston Center for Independent Living

Boston

$60,000

Disability Policy Consortium

Malden

$60,000

Health Care For All

Boston

$75,000

Health Law Advocates

Boston

$65,000

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

Boston

$75,000

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Boston

$65,000

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Boston

$75,000

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Boston

$60,000

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery

Boston

$60,000

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Boston

$60,000

Massachusetts Senior Action Council

Quincy

$60,000

Funding total

 

$715,000


Special Initiatives
grantees

Organization

Location

Amount

Community Catalyst

Boston

$50,000

The Family Van

Boston

$50,000

Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services

Danvers

$50,000

Funding total

 

$150,000