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MEDIA RELEASE

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

04/29/2011

Cover the Uninsured Expo takes place May 3

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) During Cover the Uninsured Week (May 1 to May 7), an expo will take place to help the underserved and uninsured in Genesee County.
The expo will be held Tuesday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, located at 746 South Saginaw Street in downtown Flint.

At the expo, Genesee County residents can sign up for health care coverage through the Genesee Health Plan*, MI Child/Healthy Kids and Medicaid. (*To enroll in the Genesee Health Plan, you will need a photo ID, social security card and proof of income.)

The expo also includes the following:

free food and clothing (while supplies last)
free personal hygiene kits (while supplies last)
free health screenings - blood pressure, blood sugar, glucose, diabetes, dental, vision and BMI (body mass index)
Ask the Doctor booth
Ask the Pharmacist booth
Ask the Podiatrist booth
applications for food stamps
free information from more than 25 local agencies that offer services for the uninsured/underinsured

In addition to the expo, Cover the Uninsured Week includes these activities:

Call-in show on ABC 12
Monday, May, 2, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Panelists will answer questions about health care access and provide resources to the underserved and uninsured.

Community Caring Awards breakfast
Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church in downtown Flint
Businesses and individuals who have donated services, time and resources to help the uninsured and underserved will be recognized at the breakfast.
An RSVP is required for this event. Call 810-603-8682.

Cover the Uninsured Week is conducted annually to increase awareness of the plight of the uninsured and what can be done to help this underserved population. The week is presented by a committee comprised of: ABC 12, 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.

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