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Bringing Uninsured and Underinsured Issues Into the Spotlight in the Louisiana State Legislature
Date:6/1/2009

Health Screening and Education Event Hosted to Promote Importance of Prevention and Early Detection

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Men's Health Network has partnered with Pfizer Helpful Answers, the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing and the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners to offer a health screening and education event to the Louisiana State Legislature members and staff.

In a time when almost 850,000 Louisianans are uninsured, a staggering 20% of the state's population in 2007, it is more important than ever to make sure that our legislative leaders not only take care of their health, but have the tools and resources to help their constituents do the same.(1) Studies have shown that the uninsured are less likely to regularly visit a physician or have a usual source of care. In fact, according to the 2007 National Health Information Survey data, among adults aged 19 to 64, 48% of those who are uninsured in the U.S. had no usual source of medical care and 46% of uninsured Americans either delayed or did not receive medical care in the past 12 months due to cost.(2)

"We see this event as an innovative and impactful way to reach legislators and staff with important health information and resources that they can in turn share with their constituents and improve the health of all Louisianans," said Scott Williams, vice president for Men's Health Network.

The June 1 event will offer preventive health screenings that are key in early detection and are imperative in preventing premature death and ensuring a high quality of life. From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body fat screenings will be administered in the Louisiana State Capitol Building in the Rotunda on the Senate side.

One of the event's sponsors is Pfizer Helpful Answers(R), a family of patient assistance progra
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