Blue Shield Foundation Awards $5M for Health Care, Other Programs
On Thursday, the Blue Shield of California Foundation announced that it will award $5 million in fourth-quarter grants to programs that aim to improve health care and other social services in the state, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
The latest funding round will bring the foundation's total grants to $28.9 million in 2009, about $1.1 million less than the group initially planned to award this year.
About $1.5 million of the fourth-quarter funds will go toward safety net health care programs and initiatives that aim to expand health coverage for uninsured populations.
The health care grants include:
- $665,000 to the New America Foundation to run educational programs about strategies for improving California's health care system;
- $575,000 to the Center for Government Studies' "Insure the Uninsured Project" to conduct policy analysis of health care coverage options; and
- $200,000 to Community Health Councils to integrate health care delivery networks in south Los Angeles (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 12/10).