CareFirst CEO Recommends Insurer Donate $500K to D.C.-Based HIV/AIDS Clinic to Help Continue Services
June 13, 2005
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield President and CEO William Jews has recommended that the health insurer's Washington, D.C.-based affiliate Group Hospitalization and Medical Services donate $500,000 to the city's Whitman-Walker Clinic to help the clinic continue to provide HIV/AIDS services despite serious financial problems, the Washington Post reports. CareFirst spokesperson Jeffery Valentine said he could not discuss specifics of a possible donation to the clinic until the CareFirst Mission Oversight Committee meets on Wednesday to vote on Jews' recommendation (Levine, Washington Post, 6/10). Whitman-Walker's board at the end of last month approved about $2.5 million in cuts to its annual budget and announced that later this year it will end services permanently in the district's Virginia and Maryland suburbs. The group -- which serves about 7,000 HIV-positive individuals in the district and surrounding areas and has a $29 million budget for 2005 -- in May announced it was facing financial constraints that might force the group to consider program cutbacks (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/9).
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