Lack of Proper Health Care Coverage Plagues Nearly 46 Million Americans
Atlantic General Hospital raises awareness during National Cover the Uninsured
Week, March 22 - 28
Berlin, Md. – One in seven Americans is going about daily life with
no health care insurance. These Americans gamble every day, that they
won’t get sick, that they won’t have a serious accident. Often,
they have no choice but to take that gamble. As the cost of health care
coverage continues to rise, fewer families can afford the insurance premiums
and fewer small businesses can offer coverage to their workers.
Nearly 46 million Americans are uninsured, and this group lives sicker
and dies younger than those who are insured.
During Cover the Uninsured Week, March 22 through 28, the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, in conjunction with the American Hospital Association,
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and other coalition members,
are charging the public with the task of speaking out about the lack of
sufficient health care insurance coverage for every American.
Free Education and Counseling
for health assistance and financial assistance
Thursday, March 26, 2009
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Atlantic General Hospital Main Lobby
Atlantic General Hospital is sensitive to the plight of its underinsured
or uninsured patients and offers financial counseling to anyone who is
struggling to pay a medical bill. In addition to exploring the possibility
of receiving private funding or family assistance, Atlantic General’s
financial counselors can establish a payment plan to fit a patient’s budget.
The hospital’s counselors also help patients determine if they qualify
for public assistance through Medicaid, the QMB, SLMB and SLMBII programs
that tie in with Medicare for patients on a fixed income, the Maryland
Children’s Health Program (MCHP) offered through the county health
departments, or the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP) and then guide
them through the application process.
“We recognize that everyone needs healthcare, not just the insured,”
said Mickey Griffin, director of Patient Financial Services. “Our
financial counselors do everything they can to help patients who are truly
unable to pay their bills.”
“Cover the Uninsured Week is important because it’s an effort
that raises awareness of a growing nation-wide problem, and it also educates
the uninsured about the low- and no-cost insurance options that are currently