CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield establishes $5 Million Personal Protective Equipment initiative for Coronavirus relief

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced its new initiative, “Care, delivered,” a $5 million public-private sector philanthropic endeavor that will distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) at no-cost to healthcare and social service organizations on the front lines of the pandemic. This initiative is part of CareFirst’s ongoing commitment to support the communities it serves as they navigate the complexities of this public health crisis.

Among other issues with PPE, the pandemic revealed a fragile and uneven supply chain where small healthcare providers and nonprofits were often unable to access essential safety equipment due to limited availability, minimum orders with high-volumes, and rising costs. To address this need, CareFirst accessed a network of reputable PPE suppliers to deliver equipment that meets FDA-approved and related industry requirements and standards. CareFirst will distribute 1.6 million gowns, gloves, masks and face shields to community-based organizations, federally qualified health centers and independent primary care providers in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia who are on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During the first wave of the initiative, close to 200 healthcare and social service organizations will be invited to receive CareFirst’s PPE. These organizations include, but are not limited to, community clinics and organizations providing home visiting services to seniors, nonprofits providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness or substance use disorders and independent primary care practices serving Medicare and Medicaid populations. Special priority will be given to smaller organizations located in “hot spots” for coronavirus cases.

To learn more, visit the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield website.

Source: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

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