By Carley Milligan
March 23, 2020
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will contribute $2 million to area nonprofits serving the needs of communities during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The heath insurer announced the funds March 23, noting that they will help provide further relief for communities’ health, social and economic needs, such as closing gaps in medical care access, reducing food insecurity and supporting economically vulnerable populations.
Seniors who need help staying in quarantine will also receive additional aid through the funding. Services include pharmacy and medication assistance, transportation and medically tailored meals.
CareFirst said the investments will include, but are not limited to, donations to:
- Baltimore Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
- Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
- County United Way of Cumberland, Md.
- United Way of Central Maryland
- United Way of the National Capital Area
CareFirst’s funding will be released in two phases so as to provide ongoing relief during both the outbreak and recovery periods. Funds will be available from March until September through intermediary organizations such as community foundations, as well as requests for proposals.