The statistics are startling. More than 825,000 Hoosiers are currently uninsured, including 137,289 children. For many, being uninsured often times results in minor illnesses becoming major due to the delay in care. Additionally, many small businesses can no longer provide coverage for their employees due to the rising costs of insurance premiums.
St. Vincent Clay Hospital is joining Americans across the country to raise awareness of this crisis during national Cover the Uninsured Week 2006.
The initiative, now in its fourth year, is intended to raise awareness of the plight of the nation's uninsured.
Several events were planned at St. Vincent ClayHospital this week including: a blood drive and today's Poverty Experience.
"Serving the health care needs of vulnerable Hoosiers is paramount to our mission," said hospital Administrator Jerry Laue. "While Cover the Uninsured Week lasts only for seven days, individuals and families who are uninsured or underinsured live with this reality every day. We must never lose sight of the significance of this problem as we look for realistic solutions."