CHICAGO, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is awarding $3,380,000 to nonprofit health and human service organizations that are making meaningful differences in the lives of the people of Illinois.
"Giving back to help our communities is part of our 78-year legacy of serving the people of Illinois," says Donna Gerber, vice-president, Public Affairs and Community Investments. "Just as the Affordable Care Act is transforming health care, we are adapting our giving to best serve the needs of the communities we call home. Our 2014 grants are focused on supporting programs that address disease prevention, access to care, disease management and systems that help with the deployment of ACA."
The organizations that are receiving Blue Cross grants represent a diverse mix of grassroots efforts and locally-based national organizations which share the common goal of improving the health and wellness of the people of Illinois.
Among the worthy recipients:
In total, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will support 72 community organizations through financial grants.
"We very carefully choose which non-profits to partner with," says Clarita Santos, BCBSIL Director of Community Health Initiatives. "We look for organizations that are in the communities and impact the day-to-day lives of people right where they need it."
The BCBSIL grant program is one way Blue Cross continues to serve the state of Illinois: last year BCBSIL employees also volunteered more than 19,000 hours giving their time and talents to more than 200 organizations that touched the lives of people across the state.
"Improving the health of the people of Illinois isn't just good from a health insurance business standpoint. At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, we've called Illinois our home for 78 years too, and making these changes means we're helping our friends, neighbors and families live longer, healthier lives," says Donna Gerber.
SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois