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Cover the Uninsured Week in Michigan is April 27 - May 3
Date:4/7/2008

Health Expo for the Uninsured Monday April 28 at Cobo Center including

enrollment options for kids and adults.

DETROIT, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders from throughout Michigan including representatives of insurers, health systems, labor, business and the faith community will launch Cover The Uninsured Week in Michigan at a special Health Expo for the Uninsured, Monday, April 28 at Cobo Hall from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Open to the public at no charge, the Health Expo for the Uninsured will feature health coverage options for small business, children and individuals, free and low cost health screenings, Medicaid/MIChild Eligibility Training and informational sessions on the ballot initiative, Divided We Fail, Medicare Part D, and health care disparities. The Health Expo for the Uninsured which is being co-sponsored by Wayne County, Wayne County Health Choice and the City of Detroit is one of many events being held throughout southeast Michigan during Cover The Uninsured Week April 27 - May 3, a national non-partisan effort to advocate for access to health care for 47 million uninsured nationally. There are 1.4 million uninsured people in Michigan including 160,000 children.

Events during Cover The Uninsured Week are coordinated through the newly formed Michigan Cover The Uninsured Network (MCTUN) whose goal is to raise awareness and advocate for affordable health coverage for the uninsured. MCTUN provides education, advocacy and enrollment information on the uninsured.

"It is clear that Michigan with its poor economy and shrinking employment base is particularly vulnerable to the issue of the uninsured," said Nancy Schlichting, founding member of the Network and president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. "Cover The Uninsured Week and the Network are opportunities for all parties to come together to advocate for solutions and influence opinion leaders and policy. As a state and as a nation, we cannot rest until we have solutions to this issue."

Highlights of the Health Expo for the Uninsured and other events during Cover The Uninsured Week 2008 in Michigan include:

Monday, April 28 Health Expo for the Uninsured, Cobo Center

Public invited - Riverview Ballroom 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

- Free. Free roof parking. (313) 833-3438

Co-sponsored by Wayne County, Wayne County

Health Choice and the City of Detroit

Monday, April 28 News Conference - 10:00 AM Cobo Center -

Media, public Riverview Ballroom. Wayne County Executive

Robert Ficano, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick;

Janet Olszewski, Director, Michigan

Department of Community Health; Nancy

Schlicting, President/CEO, Henry Ford

Health System; Uninsured Spokesperson

(313) 874-1677

Tuesday, April 29 The Uninsured in the Workplace: Solutions

Business Community That Work. 8:30 AM (Location TBD). Business,

healthcare, and community leaders develop

practical tools that employers can use to help

them address the problem of the uninsured in the

workplace. Sponsored by the Greater Detroit Area

Health Council and the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Call 313.965.4123. bhurd@gdahc.org.

Thursday, May 1 Interfaith Prayer Breakfast: Myth, Fact, Time to

Faith Community ACT. Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2080 W Grand

Blvd. Detroit Faith leaders gather for

interfaith prayer and call to action. Speakers

include Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Olivet Institutional

Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH; Dr. Othelia Pryor,

Michigan Minority Health; Mary Sue Coleman,

University of Michigan; Rob Fowler, Small

Business Association of Michigan 1-888-440-7325

Friday, May 2 Panel: Covering The Uninsured: Who has the

Public Will and Who has the Way. Danto Auditorium,

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.

Experts will examine best practices, approaches

and solutions to the problem of the uninsured.

Catherine McLaughlan, Marianne Udow-Philips,

University of Michigan; Kevin Seitz, Blue

Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Ellen Rabinowitz.

(734) 998-7555

April 10 - May 12 Free/Low Cost Health Screenings & Health

Public Insurance Enrollment - Project Healthy Living

Health screenings, insurance enrollment at 20

sites in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Call

(313) 531-9108. Visit

http://www.projecthealthyliving.net

Strategic Partners/Lead Sponsors for Cover The Uninsured Week in Michigan and MCTUN include: Henry Ford Health System, Trinity Health, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber, St. John Health, Oakwood Healthcare, Beaumont Hospitals, University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers, Michigan State AFL-CIO, DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

For information and to join the Michigan Cover The Uninsured Network call (313) 874-1677, visit http://www.mctun.org or http://www.covertheuninsured.org and click on "Michigan."


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