Detroit, Michigan (Vocus) March 2, 2009
The number of uninsured children and adults in Michigan is rising and destabilizing the state's health care delivery system. More than one million people in Michigan --- one of every 8 people, including 160,000 children --- are uninsured. Leaders from throughout the region representing insurers, health systems, labor, business and the faith community will come together to advocate for change as they launch Cover The Uninsured Week in Michigan at a special News Conference and Health Expo for the Uninsured, Monday, March 23 at Cobo Center from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (News Conference at 10:30 AM).
"With the economy worsening, working families are losing access to care, forcing children and adults to put off care for chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes until a health crisis warrants costly emergency care," says Garry Faja, President and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and East Michigan Regional Executive of Trinity Health. "This situation is not sustainable. We must advocate for change at the federal level to make healthcare delivery more efficient while bringing everyone into the system."
Highlights of Cover The Uninsured Week include:
Events during Cover The Uninsured Week are coordinated through the Michigan Cover The Uninsured Network (MCTUN) whose goal is to raise awareness and advocate for affordable health coverage for the uninsured. MCTUN focuses on education, advocacy and improving access for the uninsured. Cover The Uninsured Week, March 22 - 28, is a national non-partisan effort to advocate for access to health care for 46 million uninsured nationally.
Cover the Uninsured Week 2009 sponsors include: Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Hospitals, Trinity Health, St. John Health, DMC Children's Hospital, Detroit Regional Chamber, University of Michigan Health System, Michigan Business & Professional Association, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Association of Health Plans, Omnicare Health Plan, Midwest Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, ProCare, Health Plan of Michigan, Health Plus of Michigan, AARP, American Cancer Society-Great Lakes Division, Michigan Nurses Association, Clark Hill PLC, Wayne County Health Choice, Wayne County Medical Society, Total Health, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Health Alliance Plan, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Wayne County Four Star, Michigan Catholic Conference, I.U.O.E. Local #547, Michigan State AFL-CIO, Michigan Primary Care Association.
Patricia McCarthy (313) 882-9200
Naomi Ruth (313) 874-7178
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