Know Your Kaisers: What to Know About the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.

Kaisers — in the healthcare world, there are so many of them. There are the Kaiser Permanente people, who provide healthcare services. There's the Kaiser Family Foundation, which does health policy research. And then there are a bunch of Kaiser affiliate foundations that do charitable work in the health and healthcare arenas.

Among these: the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. This Kaiser subset, hereafter referred to as Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, gives out several million in grants each year, and spends tens of millions on programs to get care and coverage to low-income and uninsured residents in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

Recently, the organization assisted 704 low-income Kaiser members obtain 2,842 prescriptions and 3,888 outpatient visits. Additionally, through its Charitable Health Coverage program, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic granted up to four years of comprehensive health coverage for more than 10,629 individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region who would otherwise be ineligible for private or public healthcare services. In an underinsured America, Kaiser's willingness to fund healthcare for low-income people is a noble service indeed.

In addition to providing health coverage directly to folks who need it, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic also provides funding to regional charitable organizations engaged in improving health services for underserved populations. The Foundation gives grants, mostly ranging from a few thousand to a few hundred thousand dollars, to numerous local groups engaged in community health and wellness. As a resident of Washington, D.C., a number of Kaiser Mid-Atlantic's recent grant recipients are familiar to me, and I have to say I'm impressed at how Kaiser Mid-Atlantic is supporting small but effective community-based non-profits. These include the Sasha Bruce house for homeless youth and Damien Ministries, my neighborhood HIV/AIDS services provider that often raises money through yard sales across the street from my bus stop. 

Kaiser Mid-Atlantic accepts funding proposals from local groups improving health services in the region at several points throughout the year, so you should check back periodically. Relevant information on Kaiser Mid-Atlantic grants is here. Health-focused organizations with a more national focus can find information on applying for Kaiser Permanente grants here