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Grant Opportunity for Counties

Attention counties and community-based organizations!

The Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) is accepting grant proposals to help counties position themselves to respond to the opportunities in the pending Section 1115 Medi-Cal waiver. Proposals for the first of two funding phases are due Friday, July 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm.

Background: if the waiver is implemented as currently envisioned, the 10 county Health Care Coverage Initiatives (CIs) will be expanded throughout the state. The waiver would (1) allow existing CI counties to enroll more people, (2) enable any county that can identify local match and meet other program requirements to create a new CI, and (3) encourage counties to create a County Alternative Option that would be a locally-organized system of care as an option for providing care to Medi-Cal-eligible seniors and persons with disabilities.

BSCF is currently considering funding county governments or regional collaboratives of counties to develop strategies to expand coverage options for the uninsured and/or create an organized system of care for Medi-Cal eligible seniors and persons with disabilities.

Efforts that are eligible for funding consideration include:
* Expansion of an existing local CI;
* Creation of a CI in a county or counties without one; and
* Development of a County Alternative Option to provide care to seniors and persons with disabilities under the terms of the next Section 1115 Medi-Cal waiver.

To learn more and to submit a proposal, visit the BSCF website or contact Richard Thomason at richard.thomason @ blueshieldcafoundation.org.