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Make Your Voice Heard During Cover the Uninsured Week, May 1-8

4/28/2005:   Today, millions of Americans are without health insurance, including 8 million children. This means far too many illnesses are going untreated, and, if they are treated, families and individuals face potentially debilitating expenses.

So what can be done about the problem? Individuals and organizations can start by taking the time during Cover the Uninsured Week, May 1-8, to ask their leaders to make health care coverage for all Americans their top priority. Across the country, events such as health and enrollment fairs, seminars for small-business owners, campus seminars, and interfaith activities will spotlight how too many people are living without health coverage. These events will provide uninsured individuals access to basic preventive services, screenings, and information about low-cost or free health care coverage programs. Efforts will also be made to enroll eligible individuals in public programs, educate businesses and their employees on how they can get and keep health coverage, support health professionals and organizations that want to offer volunteer care, and join in discussions about this issue.

The campaign's target markets include Albuquerque, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, and Tampa. To find out more, including activities in your community, visit http://covertheuninsuredweek.org.

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