PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has awarded an $80,000 grant to the Rhode Island Free Clinic, BCBSRI announced Monday.
The company said that it has awarded the Rhode Island Free Clinic $870,000 over 14 years. BSBSRI also said the grant recognizes the company’s 80th anniversary.
“Blue Cross is one of Clinic’s longest and strongest partnerships. Their strategic investment and support has been key to the clinic expanding services over time,” said Marie Ghazal, Rhode Island Free Clinic CEO. “This support has been essential to helping the clinic provide vital care for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable adults.”
The grant is intended to support the volunteer-based clinic’s mission of providing comprehensive health and dental care to 2,400 uninsured Rhode Islanders yearly. The clinic is entirely supported by donations and support from partners as well as time donated by health care professionals. The clinic provides primary care, secondary care, dental and behavioral health care as well as lab work, diagnostics, medication and wellness programming.
Services are of no charge to low-income unemployed adults at the clinic. Blue Cross said that the clinic diverts uncompensated emergency department visits, saving millions of dollars in cost on the health care system.
“The Rhode Island Free Clinic is one of BCBSRI’s premier funding partners in our aim to increase access to primary care for the uninsured population in Rhode Island,” said Kim Keck, BCBSRI CEO and president. “BCBSRI is committed to passionately leading a state of health and wellbeing and the work that the clinic does is aligned with our mission of facilitating access to affordable, high-quality health care.”