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MDwise to provide backpacks to Gary students on Aug. 17

The cost of school supplies can cause stress in Gary households. For that reason, MDwise is donating drawstring backpacks full of school supplies for students at a back-to-school event at IU Northwest, Lot# 9, 3330 Broadway in Gary on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We recognize that proper school supplies often aren’t easily accessible to all students, but are pertinent to educational success,” said Nicki Gilbert, outreach supervisor at MDwise. “This program helps ensure young Hoosier students have the tools they need to thrive and grow in the classroom, and beyond.”

Tools for Schools is part of a MDwise program that promotes the well-being of Hoosier children through activities and outreach. The MDwise community outreach team works with local organizations to identify students’ needs, and then MDwise provides and coordinates delivery of needed supplies.

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 across 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, a rating that helped the organization earn a Gold Stevie Award for customer service in the 2018 American Business Awards. For more information, visit

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