Community Free Clinic Receives Grant to Expand Services to Low-income Residents in Emmet County

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The Community Free Clinic in Petoskey recently received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to support the healthcare needs of the under- and uninsured residents of Emmet County.

The Community Free Clinic in Petoskey recently received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to support the healthcare needs of the under- and uninsured residents of Emmet County.

The Community Free Clinic provides healthcare to low-income residents who have no other access to medical services. The Clinic is staffed by volunteer professionals who generously donate their time and expertise to care for others. In addition to medications, services provided include diagnostic testing, referrals, education, emergent dental care, and more, all delivered with compassion and respect.

“With the Michigan unemployment rate at 11 percent, many residents are going without health insurance. For many of these individuals, free clinics are a lifeline because they are able to seek necessary medical care instead of forgoing care or taking an expensive trip to the emergency room,” said Niki, Kenny, RN, Community Free Clinic Director. “We are truly grateful to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for providing us with this funding which is critical to helping the uninsured get the medical care they need in these desperate financial times.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has provided approximately $7 million in grants since 2005 to help free clinics with daily operations and to enhance the services they provide.

“Free clinics play a vital role in Michigan’s healthcare system because they serve as a safety net for the uninsured and provide quality healthcare to people who need it the most,” said Lynda Rossi, Blue Cross Blue Shield vice president of Social Mission, Public Affairs and Office of the President. “These clinics also help reduce the need for expensive emergency room care and often provide patients with valuable health education and chronic disease management.”

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