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Free Health Insurance Screenings for the Uninsured During Cover the Uninsured Week

Cover the Uninsured Week is March 22-28:

Among New York's working-age adults, employer-based coverage rates are decreasing as uninsured and government-based coverage rates are slightly climbing, according to a new report.

As part of national Cover the Uninsured Week, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield offers free assistance for uninsured people who need help finding a health plan that is right for them.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield representatives will be at locations in Syracuse and East Syracuse, helping people determine whether they are eligible for government-based health insurance programs -- such as Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Healthy New York and Medicaid Managed Care.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield offers free screenings for the uninsured at a time when the rate of working-age New York state adults who have health coverage from their employers is decreasing. Simultaneously, the rate of working-age adults in the state who are uninsured or receiving their health insurance from government programs is slightly growing, according to a report released today by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

At the free screenings, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield representatives, after evaluating individuals' eligibility, can also help people complete the necessary paperwork. Appointments are not needed.

During Cover the Uninsured Week, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield representatives will be available at the following times and locations:

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

400 S. Salina St., Syracuse

Monday, March 231 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 249 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 261 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, March 279 a.m. to 4 p.m.

P.E.A.C.E.

202 S. Beech St., Syracuse

Monday, March 239 a.m. to noon

Thursday, March 269 a.m. to noon

MANOS Early Education Program

Seymour Magnet School

108 Shonnard St., Syracuse

Wednesday, March 252 p.m. to 4 p.m.

P&C

4410 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Saturday, March 2810 a.m. to noon

Employer vs. Government Coverage

{Q}The rate of employment-based coverage among New York state working-age adults (ages 18 to 64) declined from an average of 65.1 percent in 2004-2005 to an average of 63.7 percent in 2006-2007, according to the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report, "The Facts About Health Coverage in New York State."{Q}

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