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MEDIA RELEASE

CONTACT:
Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

04/26/2011

Cover the Uninsured Week activities take place next week

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Cover the Uninsured Week (CTUW), a national event to raise awareness of the plight of the uninsured and underserved, will be observed locally the week of May 1. About 50 million Americans, including more than 60,000 Genesee County residents, lack adequate health care coverage.
In Genesee County, the CTUW Committee - comprised of several local organizations - will conduct the following activities the week of May 1 through May 7:

Monday, May 2

ABC12 call in show

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Panelists will answer questions from viewers about health care access and resources available in the community.

Tuesday, May 3

Cover the Uninsured Expo

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 746 South Saginaw Street in Flint

The expo offers an opportunity for the uninsured to sign up for health care coverage through the Genesee Health Plan, MI Child/Healthy Kids, and Medicaid. (To enroll in Genesee Health Plan, please bring a photo ID, social security card and proof of income.)

The expo also includes: applications for food stamps; free food and clothing (while supplies last); free personal hygiene kits (while supplies last); free health screenings - blood pressure, blood sugar, diabetes, BMI, dental and vision; Ask the Pharmacist booth; Ask the Doctor booth; Ask the Podiatrist booth; and free information from more than 25 local agencies that offer services for the uninsured and underserved.

Friday, May 6

Community Caring Awards Breakfast

8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 746 South Saginaw Street in Flint

The awards breakfast recognizes businesses and individuals in the community who have supported the uninsured and underserved by donating services, time or supplies to ensure those without health care coverage can obtain the medical care and services they need. Leslie Toldo, meteorologist and medical reporter for ABC12, will emcee this free event.

To RSVP the breakfast, please call 810-603-8682 by Friday, April 30.

Cover the Uninsured Week is presented by a committee comprised of representatives from the following organizations: ABC12, Advomas, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Genesee Health Plan, Genesys Health System, HealthPlus of Michigan, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center and The Flint Journal.

To learn more about Cover the Uninsured Week, call 810-603-8682.

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