; Highmark Health Services Provides $400,000 In Grants To Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center To Continue Support For Uninsured
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Highmark Health Services Provides $400,000 In Grants To Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center To Continue Support For Uninsured

July 25, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Highmark Health Services announced today that it will continue its longstanding support of Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center (CCFHCC) through $400,000 in grants to the organization. The funding, which will be used to support health center operations and medical and dental services, was provided through Highmark Health Services and the Highmark Foundation.

Nicknamed the "Miracle on Ninth Street," CCFHCC offers quality medical and dental care at no cost to individuals who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, cannot afford private insurance or do not qualify for Medicaid or other types of medical assistance.

Demand for all medical and dental services at the center continues to grow. In 2012, CCFHCC provided more than 2,200 patients with 8,500 medical and dental visits.

In an era of reform, the Affordable Care Act will help millions of Americans with a low- to moderate-income acquire coverage through cost-sharing subsidies, however, these subsidies won't help everyone.

"Many hard working individuals can't afford health insurance," said Dan Onorato, Highmark Health Services' executive vice president of external affairs and communications. "That is why it's critical that we continue to support Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center, so it can act as a vital community safety net for those who need it most."

While quality medical and dental care is provided at no cost by its volunteer health care professionals, financial support is still needed to help keep CCFHCC open.

"The health center plays a critical role for the uninsured population in our region by providing care to individuals who otherwise may not have access," said Annette Fetchko, administrator of Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center. "We are grateful for the support we have received from Highmark Health Services and the Highmark Foundation because it enables us to continue to act as a safety net in our local communities."

Highmark Health Services and the Highmark Foundation have supported the health center since it opened in 2007.

"Blessed with another generous gift from Highmark Health Services and the Highmark Foundation, the volunteers who serve at our 'Miracle on Ninth Street' will continue to provide for the health care needs of our neighbors," said Bishop David Zubik of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center
Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center (CCFHCC) opened in November 2007 to provide access to quality medical and dental care at no cost to individuals who cannot afford private insurance, do not qualify for government assistance or whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Since it opened, more than 160 volunteer clinical and non-clinical professionals have treated more than 15,000 patients during more than 35,000 patient visits. Services offered include primary and preventive health care, chronic disease management, health screenings and access to specialty care, including women's health, ophthalmology and physical therapy. Dental care including cleanings, exams, x-rays, extractions and fillings are also provided. Essential costs to operate the CCFHCC are funded entirely through foundations, government grants and individual and corporate donations. For more information, visit www.freecarepgh.com.

The Highmark Foundation
The Highmark Foundation is a charitable organization, a private foundation and an affiliate of Highmark Health Services that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation's mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark Health Services. The Foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org.

Highmark Health Services
Highmark Health Services is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark Health Services operates health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark Health Services is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

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