CSAC Bulletin Article

Health and Human Services 12/17/2010

Blue Shield of California Foundation Awards Additional County Coverage Initiative Grants

The Blue Shield of California Foundation has awarded an additional $1.7 million in grant funding to 10 counties to assist with expanding health care coverage to low-income residents.

The grants are the second round in $3.6 million in funding for a total of 22 counties that are interested in creating or expanding a low-income health insurance program as part of the state’s recently negotiated Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver with the federal government. Under the new Waiver, counties may receive some federal matching funding for existing indigent care expenses, but would also be required to offer a minimum set of services and access to providers, among other things. 

A comprehensive CSAC overview of the impacts of the new Waiver on counties is available here.

Counties receiving funding this month include Contra Costa, Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Mateo, and Stanislaus. Counties participating in the first round included Alameda, Fresno, Merced, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Yolo.

For more information on the Blue Shield of California Foundation and their efforts to help expand health care coverage to all California residents, please visit http://www.blueshieldfoundation.org/

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