For promoting sustainable improvements in health care access for low-income and uninsured residents of Massachusetts, 64 community-based programs have received over $3 million grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Beneficiaries also include the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee with $45,000.
- The foundation has granted more than $73 million in total over the past two decades.
- The grants awarded include the foundation’s four key grant-making program areas:
- Connecting Consumers with Care, which supports community-based organizations that assist eligible consumers with securing, maintaining and navigating health insurance coverage.
- Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Urgent Care, which aims to build upon the state’s existing Emergency Services Program system and expand the recipient organizations’ ability to provide community-based behavioral health urgent care.
- Going Beyond Health Care: Addressing Social Determinants Through a Cross-Sector Approach, which supports the coordination of services by interdisciplinary teams to address clinical and non-clinical needs of low-income and “vulnerable” populations.
- Strengthening the Voice for Access, which supports statewide organizations working on expanding access to health care and promoting the health care interests of low-income residents.
- The Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee was awarded funding through the foundation’s Connecting Consumers with Care grant-making program area.