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Consumer Reports Health's 'Cover America Tour' Chronicles Americans' Anxiety Over Health Care
Date:7/30/2008

Summer Tour Reaches Half Way Point of Coast-To-Coast Journey Highlighting Challenges Americans Face With Health Coverage

YONKERS, N.Y., July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Cover America Tour has reached the half-way point of its summer-long road trip across the country to chronicle the stories of Americans who are having a tough time getting affordable, high quality health care. The coast-to-coast tour sponsored by Consumer Reports Health aims to put a face on the challenges Americans are experiencing as momentum builds for health care reform.

As the tour crew travels by RV across the country, they're posting videos of people talking about their experiences and blogging about what they're hearing at http://www.CoverAmericaTour.org. So far, the tour has traveled over 9,000 miles through 30 states and produced 46 different short videos highlighting the stories of Americans who have struggled to get the health care they need.

"In big cities and small towns across the country, Americans are anxious about the cost of health care and worry about whether they'll be able to afford the care they need to stay healthy," said Meg Bohne, Campaign Organizer for Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports Health. "Every story is different but all Americans want access to affordable, high quality care they can depend on when they need it most."

The stories chronicled by the Cover America Tour include Americans who cannot afford insurance, have coverage that is costly or doesn't meet their needs, and those who have received poor quality care. Some of the videotaped stories featured on the Cover America Tour web site include:

Dave - Ashboro, North Carolina. Dave lost his health coverage when he was laid off from his job at the age of 62. He tried to purchase health insurance for himself and his wife but every insurer he contacted excluded their pre-existing conditions
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