Horizon gives $2M to state’s Pandemic Relief Fund

By Eric Strauss
Newark | Apr 13, 2020 at 10:30 am

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, announced in March by first lady Tammy Murphy, has been given a $2 million donation by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the insurer announced Monday.

The donation aims to continue helping fight the medical, social and economic impacts of the pandemic, the Newark-based insurer said in a news release.

“We have quickly marshalled the resources of so many caring residents, corporations and not-for-profits to provide much-needed ‘boots on the ground’ services across our state,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “We are incredibly grateful for this generous grant from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey that will make a significant impact in addressing the urgent needs of our community, both now and in the weeks and months ahead, as we continue fighting this pandemic.”

Recently, Horizon also purchased $2.5 million worth of personal protective equipment for the state’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is producing extraordinary challenges for New Jersey’s families, employers and the thousands of social service organizations that support people in need across the state,” Horizon Executive Chairman Kevin Conlin said in a statement. “This contribution reflects Horizon’s historic and ongoing commitment to invest in the health and well-being of our members and New Jersey’s communities.”

Added CEO and President Gary St. Hilaire: “The Pandemic Relief Fund is playing a critical role in helping New Jersey get through the pandemic by directing money and other resources to those with the greatest and most urgent needs. New Jerseyans have come to rely on Horizon to be there when they need us most, and it is in that spirit that we make this donation.”

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