In 2011, we continued to open the doors to high-quality health care and coverage for vulnerable individuals and families throughout our communities.
The continuing impacts of the Great Recession left more than 50 million people without health care coverage at the end of 2011 – the highest rate since the beginning of the economic crisis. Because few conditions are as bad for a person’s health as being uninsured, we stood fast by our commitment to make high-quality, affordable health care available to many thousands of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the communities we serve.
In addition, we invested nearly $25 million in grants and donations in our safety net partners, with a special focus on school-based health clinics throughout our communities. We also expanded the sharing of our award-winning heart attack and stroke prevention program with additional safety net clinics, bringing the number of patients served to 35,000 or more. And with an eye to the future, we continued our support for tomorrow’s safety net leadership through investments in innovative educational opportunities.
Across all of these initiatives, we continued to invest additional dollars and technical resources in better understanding — and ultimately eliminating — the disparities in health and health care that impact our own members and vulnerable populations throughout the nation.
“Membership in our Care and Coverage programs in 2011 reached a record 547,842 low-income children and adults.”