The fourth annual Cover the Uninsured Week is May 1-7, 2006. This national event brings thousands of participants together to raise awareness about the plight of people who are uninsured. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the primary organizer of the week, anticipates events being held in all 50 states and Washington, DC. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that nearly 46 million Americans are currently living without health coverage.
High-profile business leaders from around the country will gather in DC to discuss rising health care costs, their struggles to provide health insurance to their employees and potential national solutions. In addition, hundreds of health coverage enrollment events will be held at hospitals, medical centers, malls, community centers and places of worship across the country. Individuals will also be encouraged to contact their representatives in Congress so that the issues of the uninsured become a top priority.
“While community and state leaders are doing what they can to help those living without health insurance, this is a national problem that demands national solutions,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Along with Robert Wood Johnson, the week is co-sponsored by 18 other organizations and foundations including the American Hospital Association, AARP, the United Way of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the week, local events in your area, or to email your member of Congress go to www.covertheuninsured.org.
Source: Cover the Uninsured Week press release dated March 2, 2006