Blue Shield Foundation Awards Grants To Help Counties Boost Coverage
On Tuesday, Blue Shield of California Foundation announced that it would award a total of $1.9 million to help 12 counties expand health insurance coverage before provisions of the federal health care reform law take effect in 2014, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The 12 counties receiving grants are:
- San Francisco;
- San Luis Obispo;
- Santa Barbara;
- Santa Clara;
- Santa Cruz; and
Meanwhile, Blue Shield of CaliforniaÂ Foundation CEO and President Peter Long said federal and state officials are negotiating the details of a Medicaid waiver that could help countiesÂ draw down federal matching funds to expand indigent care programs for low-income residents (Glover, Sacramento Bee, 9/21).
Totaling Up Grant Awards
Blue Shield's foundation granted $28.9 million in grants last year. So far this year, the foundation has provided about $18 million in grants (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 9/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.