Advocates push to make health insurance available to all BX residents

Health advocates gathered at City Hall Monday to launch a new effort aimed at getting health insurance for all Bronx residents even those without jobs.

With nearly one out of every four New Yorkers under 65 living with no health insurance, a coalition of health advocates launched 'Cover the Uninsured Week.' They have planned hundreds of events to help residents learn about and enroll in free affordable health care programs.

Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) says to really be able to pay for coverage and pay for rent and bills, people need to make close to $100,000. For Joan Brown of Parkchester, that's not a reality. She says that she has to pay out of pocket for all her medication and has used almost all her savings to do so.

The organizers of the health insurance effort want education to be the main focus of the initiative. They believe there are many Bronx residents who are eligible for government sponsored coverage but don't know it.

Click here for the locations of about 100 Bronx events during 'Cover the Uninsured Week 2004.'

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