Genesee Health Plan awarded for helping the uninsured

FLINT — The Genesee Health Plan received the 2013 Community Partnership Award from the Greater Flint AFL-CIO Central Labor Council in recognition of its efforts to help uninsured and under-insured Genesee County residents get access to health care services and treatments.

GHP received the award May 20, at a Friends of Labor Recognition Dinner at the IMA Brookwood Golf and Banquet Center, 6045 Davison Road in Burton.

“The award is presented to an organization that has partnered with labor to serve the community and our members, and we fell that the Genesee Health Plan needs to be recognized for the services that they provide,” the AFL-CIO said in a letter announcing the award to the GHP signed by President Judy Shultz. “The Health Plan is there when our members are without insurance or their family members are in need. You have supported labor and continue to do so.”

GHP President Linda Hamacher said: “The Genesee Health Plan is truly honored to receive an award for doing what we are all committed to doing every day, and that’s helping families in our community get health care help in times of need. Our community is no stranger to tough economic times, and we are grateful to the community and to the AFL-CIO and its members for supporting our neighbors during challenging times. GHP is truly a community effort made up of ordinary people, physicians and health professionals, labor and its members, local businesses and faith leaders, and so many more. This award inspires us all to do even more.”

Launched in 2001, Genesee Health Plan provides basic health services to about 25,000 adults in Genesee County who don’t have health insurance. Services provided include doctor visits, lab tests, X-rays and basic prescriptions. Genesee Health Plan is the only local health plan in Michigan that is funded directly by the community through a special millage.m — G.G.

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