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Cover the Uninsured Week 2006

May 1 - 7, 2006

Non-Partisan Nationwide Effort Provides Platform to Urge Nation's Leaders To Take Federal Action

Take Action: www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.org

A coalition of civic, labor, business and medical organizations is joining the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the fourth annual Cover the Uninsured Week, a nonpartisan, nationwide effort to urge US leaders to make health coverage for Americans their top priority. Cover the Uninsured Week will be held May 1-7, 2006, with events anticipated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Organizers of Cover the Uninsured Week - the largest campaign in history to focus attention on the need to secure health coverage for Americans - will encourage people from all walks of life to talk with their friends and neighbors and get involved. An interactive website, www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.org will help people express their concern by instantly sending an email to their member of Congress. Forums around the country will feature high-profile business leaders talking about how rising health care costs are affecting their business, their ability to provide health insurance for employees, and the need for national solutions.

Concurrently, representatives from diverse communities will come to Washington, DC to relay the plight of the nearly 46 million Americans who lack health coverage, as well as to discuss ideas being tested in various states and communities to try to cover some of the millions without coverage.

According to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 46 million Americans - including more than 8 million children - have no health coverage. The Institute of Medicine estimates that nearly 50 people die each day because they are uninsured and cannot get the medical care they need.

Cover the Uninsured Week 2006 builds on a tremendous record of activity. In 2005 alone, more than 2,200 events were held during the Week, supported by nearly 200 national organizations and more than 2,500 local organizations located in all 50 states and D.C. More than 150 elected officials, representing both political parties, marked the Week with speeches on Capitol Hill, letters to the editor, proclamations, community forums, and more.

Organizations sponsoring Cover the Uninsured Week include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Healthcare Leadership Council, AARP, United Way of America, American Medical Association, National Medical Association, American Nurses Association, Families USA, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Service Employees International Union, The California Endowment, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For more information, log on to www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.org.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful, and timely change. For more than 30 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.




 
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