|[February 11, 2013]
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Associates Donate $1 Million to Local Health Care Organizations
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
Fund, a partnership between the Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' (BCBSMA) associates, has awarded
more than $1 million in grants since its inception ten years ago to
health care nonprofits. The grants help expand access to health care for
low-income and vulnerable people. The Catalyst Fund is managed by the
BCBSMA Foundation and all grants are funded exclusively by BCBSMA
associates' year-round donations.
"As a company, we demonstrate our commitment to improving health care
through our work, but also through the causes we support," said
President & CEO Andrew Dreyfus, who founded the Catalyst Fund in 2002
when he was President of the Foundation. "From the beginning, BCBSMA
associates have made the Catalyst Fund their own by financially
supporting it and also serving on the review committee that awards
grants. Donating $1 million in Catalyst Fund grants is a major
achievement we all can be proud of."
Organizations like the New
England Eye Institute, Willie
Ross School for the Deaf, and The
United Teen Equality Center have received grants ranging from $3,500
to $5,000. These grants helped set up a language line in a mobile eye
clinic, purchase a GSI
TympStar - an instrument used to detect middle ear function and
disease - and implement a database system that will help track
participant activity, progress and outcome.
"Because of Blue Cross' support, the Schwartz
Center for Children will be able to continue serving children with
special medical and developmental needs right here in Southeastern
Massachusetts," said Mary Hodgson, Executive Director of the
organization, an independent, community-based provider of education,
therapy, and medical care for children with special medical and
developmental needs. "Their contributions are helping to change lives,
whether it is a child taking his or her first steps during physical
therapy, or a child with autism spectrum disorder making their first
friend in a social skills group, Blue Cross is helping to make magic
Applications for the Catalyst
Fund are accepted through the Foundation's website at www.bluecrossmafoundation.org.
Grants are awarded on a monthly basis, with the next round scheduled for
the end of February 2013.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (www.bluecrossma.com)
is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan
headquartered in Boston. We are committed to working with others in a
spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable.
Consistent with our corporate promise to always put our 2.8 million
members first, we are rated among the nation's best health plans for
member satisfaction and quality.
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