900 Students in Michigan City receive backpacks filled with school supplies bye donation from MDwise

Michigan City, Ind.  Students who attend the Michigan Back-to-School Rally received backpacks filled with school supplies from MDwise, Indiana’s only not-for-profit managed care entity serving those on the state’s Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana Plan and Care Select health coverage programs. These school supplies are to help prepare students for the upcoming school year.

MDwise donated backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, erasers, and crayons to the schools as part of its “Tools for Schools” program, a statewide campaign that provided more than 10,000 supply-filled back packs to back-to-school related events across Indiana in 2012. Now in its fourth year, the program will continue to donate more than 10,000 supply-filled backpacks across Indiana in 2013.

“Donating these backpacks gives students the opportunity to own new schools supplies, and be prepared for the start of a new school year,” said Charlotte MacBeth, chief executive officer of MDwise. “MDwise believes that complete health is comprised of multiple health elements. Giving students motivation will help their self-confidence, and lead them towards success.”

“MDwise Tools for Schools” is part of Ms. Bluebelle’s Club for Kids, MDwise’s comprehensive program that promotes the health and well-being of Hoosier Children through special activities and outreach. In 2012, Tools for School provided more than 10,000 back packs filled with school supplies to back-to-school events across Indiana. Now in its fourth year, the program will continue to donate more than 10,000 backpacks to back to school events and activities across Indiana in 2013.

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About MDwise

MDwise is an Indiana-licensed nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to 300,000 Medicaid members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana.
MDwise is a provider-owned health plan with a large network of doctors, specialists and hospitals located throughout the state. By meeting the basic requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) rigorous standards for consumer protection and quality improvement, MDwise was awarded NCQA’s accreditation status of Accredited for service and clinical quality. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to their family and friends. For more information, visit MDwise.org.

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