Capital BlueCross Increases Help to Communities Amid COVID-19
OVERVIEW: As our communities continue to be impacted by COVID-19, Capital BlueCross is stepping up to help with financial and community support.
Capital BlueCross is working hard during this ongoing public health crisis to ensure the communities in our 21-county service region have the resources needed to help people stay healthy and ensure their basic needs are met—whether that means food, shelter, or other forms of help.
Our proactive efforts range from donating medical supplies to providing food and financial assistance to organizations dealing with an unprecedented strain on resources.
“We’ve always been a strong community partner, but the COVID-19 pandemic is having ripple effects through our communities and the economy in ways never before seen,” said Capital BlueCross Acting CEO Todd Shamash. “Capital BlueCross has long been a leader in ensuring the health and well-being of our communities, and we will be here to help during this crisis. We want our communities to know: We’ve got your back.”
Early efforts at Capital BlueCross include:
- Donating more than 1,000 medical facemasks to a local health provider experiencing a critical shortage.
- Shipping more than 4,000 containers of hand sanitizer directly to community partners including shelters, food banks, senior centers, and health clinics.
- Working with numerous community non-profits to repurpose previously allocated funds to other, more urgent needs directly related to the pandemic.
- Offering financial assistance where possible to non-profit organizations that, out of necessity, are creating new programs related to COVID-19.
- Reaching out to non-profits about accessing Virtual Care, Capital BlueCross’ telehealth platform, and discussing ways we can help make healthcare more accessible to homebound members.
- Offering packaged lunches and healthy snacks to retirement and nursing homes, school districts, shelters, first responders and others through the Healthy You Cafes at our Capital BlueCross health and wellness centers.
Additionally, Capital BlueCross staff are gearing up to offer phone support to those whose jobs or incomes are negatively impacted by the pandemic, particularly those who have lost employer-sponsored health insurance. We will offer guidance and support for those who need to understand how COBRA works, how subsidies work for those who may now qualify, or need information on alternative options available.
Capital BlueCross is committed to helping our members and communities through this crisis and beyond.