Windham Hospital Hosts “Cover the Uninsured” Fair
WILLIMANTIC, CT, April 28, 2008 – On Friday, May 2nd, Windham Hospital will host an informational fair from noon to 8 PM to assist individuals in our community who do not have health insurance. Residents of our region are encouraged to stop by for information, applications, and assistance in filing for available federal and state programs and grants to help obtain coverage for preventative health services provided to them or their families.
Representatives from the HUSKY Program, Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, WISEWOMAN Program, Generations Health Clinic, and Windham Hospital’s Financial Assistance Program and Medicaid Programs will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the application process.
Forty-seven million Americans are uninsured. Nearly 9 million of them are children. More than 8 out of 10 are in working families, and have “fallen through the cracks” in the system through no fault of their own. In Connecticut, 380,711 people are uninsured. That's 10.9% of the population. They are our friends, neighbors and colleagues--forced to gamble every day that they won't get sick or injured. Living without health insurance is a risk no one should have to take, and the week of April 27 – May 3 has been declared National Cover the Uninsured Week. Cover the Uninsured is a nation-wide effort to highlight the fact that too many Americans are living without health insurance, demand solutions from our nation's leaders, and work toward changes in public policy. Windham Hospital joins with thousands of agencies across the country—working locally to help local constituents navigate the challenges of obtaining insurance coverage.
The Fair will be held in the Bernard & Desrosier Rooms, off the main, Atrium entrance to the hospital. For more information about the event at Windham Hospital, please call 456-6706 or 456-6974. To learn more about the issue of the uninsured, visit www.covertheuninsured.org.