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

At the same time, the rate of working-age adults with government-based coverage increased slightly, from 16.2 percent to 16.9 percent, and the uninsured rate grew from 17.4 percent to 18.1 percent.

Upstate's Advantage

More than 661,000 children and adults in upstate New York -- or 10.9 percent of the population -- were uninsured from 2005 to 2007.

Upstate New York's 10.9 percent uninsured rate for children and adults, however, was lower than the New York state rate of 13.4 percent and the national rate of 15.4 percent from 2005 to 2007. When comparing upstate New York's uninsured rate to that of other states, upstate has the 12th lowest uninsured rate in the country, according to the report.

"People in upstate New York are fortunate because they are more likely to have health insurance than their counterparts elsewhere in the state and nation," Reed said.

"But there are still too many people who are going without health coverage, a situation which will likely get worse given the tough economy," he added. "This is problematic, since people without health insurance risk significant health problems and financial hardship should they get seriously sick or hurt."

For More Information

If people cannot make any of the screenings during Cover the Uninsured Week, they can call 1 (800) 716-4885 to schedule an appointment.

People who want to enroll in a government-based plan at the screenings should bring documentation, such as their original birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of current income and residency (e.g., utility bill). Adults (not children) will also need proof of current financial resources (e.g., checking and/or savings account statement, etc.) to enroll.

To access the report, "The Facts About Health Coverage in New York State," click on the "Policy and Research" tab at www.excellusbcbs.com.

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to 1.8 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. To learn more, visit excellusbcbs.com.

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