On Wednesday, February 3, 2010, from 12:00 pm to 7:00 p.m., at the Convention Center in Hartford, CT, the National Association of Free Clinics will host Connecticut Communities Are Responding Everyday (C.A.R.E), a one day free medical clinic for the uninsured. “The Connecticut C.A.R.E. Clinic will offer basic medical care and health education. Come help thousands of families gain access to medical screening and care they otherwise may not receive” [….] Click here for online registration and sign up to volunteer.
It is amazing that Connecticut, known for being the “insurance” state, has 356,000 citizens who are uninsured and 154,000 citizens who have nongroup insurance. [US HHS]. Thanks to the efforts of Keith Olbermann (MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann), and the National Association of Free Clinics and its partners, Connecticut is among those states that will have a day of free health care.
Back in the early fall, there were approximately six Democratic lawmakers that threatened to filibuster a vote on health care reform. On October 8, 2008, Olberman did a special comment on his shoq, calling for donations for free clinics to be set up in each of the lawmakers states so that they could see firsthand how real the need for health reform is. Olberman donated $50,000 and got the ball rolling. By the first clinic on November 13, 2008, which was in New Orleans, $1.7 million dollars had been raised.
Having this free clinic in Hartford will remind lawmakers everywhere that even in the insurance capitol of the world, reform of the health system is desperately needed and cannot wait.