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Free Health Care for the Uninsured Is Coming to Connecticut in February
Date:1/15/2010

HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The future of health care is being negotiated in the nation's capital, but people struggling with the lack of health insurance will soon get much-needed help in Connecticut's capital when the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) holds its next C.A.R.E. Clinic in Hartford on Feb. 3.

This will be the fifth in a series of large, mostly one-day C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinics held around the country to bring together physicians and other health care professionals, as well as non-medical volunteers, to serve the needs of thousands of people who might otherwise go without medical care.

"Many people are forced to make tough choices between putting food on the table or paying rent on the one hand and getting needed medical treatment on the other," NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux said. "As long as affordable health insurance is not available for everyone, there will be a great need for the work that more than 1,200 free clinics across the country do every day. We hold large C.A.R.E. Clinics not only to provide immediate care to many uninsured people but also to connect them with the free clinics and other safety-net providers that can offer them care on an ongoing basis."

The C.A.R.E. Clinic on Feb. 3 will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford from noon until 7:00 p.m. Care for a wide range of medical issues will be available at no cost to participants. More than 11 percent of the non-elderly residents of Connecticut do not have health insurance.

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