Premera Blue Cross makes investment in Alaskan rural healthcare

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska is investing $5.7 million into rural healthcare access in the state, the insurer said Oct. 29.

The University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will receive part of the investments over a three-year period. A rural grant-making program involving the Rasmuson Foundation and The Alaska Community Foundation will also be created using the investments.

The Rural Health Care Fund at The Alaska Community Foundation will total $3 million. Funds will be used for grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 for medical equipment and other projects in hospitals, outpatient facilities and community health centers, according to the insurer.

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