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

inics serving the uninsured, working poor in the U.S. The demand for the clinics' services is great. "Free clinics are supposed to be the safety net below the safety net for the few who fall through," said Sister Mary Ellen. "The problem is too many are falling through right now."

See Mary Ellen's video: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1460683554/bctid1619484075

Bea - Charlotte, North Carolina. Bea has had a tough time affording an individual health insurance plan that covers the care she needs. After she was laid off from her county social worker job, Bea opened her own practice but she can only afford catastrophic coverage. Her policy does not cover pre-existing conditions, including her painful arthritis. "I quickly realized that the American dream of owning your business is only for the young and healthy," said Bea.

See Bea's video: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1460683554/bctid1648122600

Helen - Columbia, South Carolina. Helen lost her son due to medical errors in the hospital. Helen's 15-year-old son Lewis underwent surgery to correct a bone defect. His surgery went smoothly, but he was given improper pain medication and developed a perforated ulcer, a hospital acquired infection and began to bleed internally. He soon died. "This was an accident waiting to happen," said Helen, who has gone on to found Mothers Against Medical Errors.

See Helen's video: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1460683554/bctid1667900245

The Cover America Tour crew will be on the road until mid-September and will complete its cross-country journey in Washington, D.C. Please Note: The Cover America Tour can
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