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Independence joins new funding initiative for area nonprofits to help vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19

IBX CEO Dan Hilferty stands behind the podium at the COVID-19 Fund announcement at City Hall. A female American Sign Language interpreter stands to his right

Philadelphia, PA — March 20, 2020 — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) CEO Daniel J. Hilferty participated in the City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Update press event at City Hall to announce the organization’s support for the new PHL COVID-19 Fund.

The Fund will provide grants to Greater Philadelphia nonprofit organizations that serve vulnerable populations such as the elderly, disabled, homeless, and economically disadvantaged. It aims to shore up community safety nets, such as food pantries and health services, and help with preparedness and protection efforts.

At the event, Hilferty joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; Pedro Ramos, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation; and Bill Golderer, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The United Way and Philadelphia Foundation will work with the City to manage the Fund.

“Our region’s outstanding public and private sector health leaders are coming together to fight COVID-19, but this outbreak will stretch the nonprofit sector that serves vulnerable citizens to its breaking point,” said Hilferty. “In providing support for those valiant organizations and the people they serve, Independence is proud to walk with Mayor Kenney, the Philadelphia Foundation, the United Way, and the other funders undertaking this vital and unprecedented effort.”

For more information about the Fund, including how to donate or apply for a grant, visit

Independence’s top priority during the COVID-19 situation is to ensure members have access to the care, education and support they need. Independence has updated numerous coverage policies and assisted members through Registered Nurse Health Coach outreach, digital resources, and more. Independence is also working closely with elected officials, public health organizations, health systems, and others to help maintain the health and wellness of people in the communities it serves.

For more information about COVID-19 and Independence’s response, visit

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