WATERTOWN, Mass., May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced $170,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations, part of the $1 million it committed to support community efforts addressing coronavirus in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. In total, 49 organizations on the front lines of the pandemic have received funding.

«The resilience of our communities is inspiring,» said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. «Nonprofits are grappling with a shifting landscape and uncertain timelines, yet they continue to respond to community needs and deliver vital services. We are proud to support such dedicated organizations.»

This funding goes to organizations working to improve access to food and respond to inequities in housing and services. It bolsters collaborative regional responses, particularly in communities reporting the highest rates of COVID-19 infection.

Massachusetts                                                                                       

$70,000

– Attleboro YMCA, Greater Attleboro Stronger Together Fund                

$10,000

– Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts,                                            

  SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund

$20,000

– HomeStart                                                                                                      

$10,000

– United Way of Mass Bay/Merrimack Valley, One Chelsea Fund                    

$30,000

Rhode Island                                                                                                    

$30,000

– Federal Hill House                                                                                         

$20,000

– Progreso Latino                                                                                               

$10,000

New Hampshire                                                                      

$10,000

– New Hampshire Public Health Association                                     

$10,000

Connecticut                                                                                

$60,000

– Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness                                    

$20,000

– Foodshare, Inc.                                                  

$30,000

– Person-to-Person                                                                         

$10,000

«This coronavirus pandemic continues to expose the stark health disparities in communities of color,» said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. «Additional support ensures communities have sorely needed resources to respond to current needs and prepare for long-term recovery.»

The Foundation continues to offer a two-for-one match to Tufts Health Plan employees and board members who donate to organizations during the pandemic. To date, an additional $195,000 has been contributed to community organizations through this program.

About Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $39 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people and will give more than $5 million to community organizations this year. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Tufts Health Plan
Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage.  Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.14 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible.* Our commercial HMO/POS and Massachusetts PPO plans are rated 5 out of 5 – the highest rating possible – by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).** Our Medicaid plan is rated 4.5 out of a possible 5.***

To learn more about how we’re redefining what a health plan can do, visit www.tuftshealthplan.com/whatwedo.  Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

*Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to www.medicare.gov. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.
**NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019–2020
***NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019-2020. 

CONTACT
Alrie McNiff Daniels
617-301-2715
Alrie_Daniels@tufts-health.com

Kathleen Makela
617-480-9590
Kathleen_Makela@tufts-health.com 

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