Monday, 3 March, 2008 9:47 PM
Michigan Leaders Join Network
to Push for Coverage of State's 1.4 Million Uninsured
Cover the Uninsured Network formed to raise awareness and advocate
for affordable health coverage. Health, labor, faith leaders join
DETROIT -- Leaders
from throughout Michigan including representatives of insurers,
health systems, labor, business and the faith community have signed
on as supporters of the newly formed Michigan Cover The Uninsured
Network (MCTUN). The goal of the Network is to raise awareness and
advocate for affordable health coverage for 1.4 million people in
Michigan including 160,000 children who are uninsured. Nationally
47 million people were uninsured in 2006.
The Michigan Cover the
Uninsured Network will provide education, advocacy and enrollment
information on the uninsured according to organizers.
"We are pleased
to announce the formation of the Michigan Cover The Uninsured Network,"
said Douglas Halladay, Network Director. "Everyone, regardless
of their business or political interest, is affected by the issue
of the uninsured. This is a network of diverse partners united by
a common cause -- the need to find solutions."
"Our Steering Committee
is comprised of representatives of all parts of the community --
from health insurers and providers, to small business, to labor,
to non-profits, to the faith community. Advocating for solutions
and enrolling adults and children in existing programs will be the
initial focus of the network's efforts. We are enlisting support
from throughout the community and the state in this effort."
"It is clear that
Michigan with its challenged economy and shrinking employment base
is particularly vulnerable to the issue of the uninsured,"
said Nancy Schlichting, a founding member of the network and president
and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. "The Michigan Cover The
Uninsured Network is an opportunity 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."
The Michigan Cover The
Uninsured Network was formed as a result of its organizers' involvement
over the past six years with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's
annual national Cover The Uninsured Week awareness campaigns. The
Michigan Cover The Uninsured Network is a free standing, non-partisan
network funded by grants, contributions and in-kind support.
Sponsors 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 or to
join the Michigan Cover The Uninsured Network call (313) 874-1677
or visit http://www.covertheuninsured.org/
and click on "Michigan."
Source: Michigan Cover
The Uninsured Network