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Fidelis to aid Madison County uninsured at CazCares, CAP

In recognition of National Cover the Uninsured Week, March 14-20, Fidelis Care, the largest government programs-based health insurance company in New York State, will be on site at CazCares and Community Action Partnership of Madison County to offer convenient opportunities to help Madison County residents apply to enroll in free or low-cost health insurance.

Fidelis Care representatives will be at CazCares, 101 Nelson St., Rte. 20 E, Cazenovia, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday March 16, and Community Action Partnership of Madison County, 3 East Main St., Morrisville, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday March 17 to answer questions and help eligible residents apply for enrollment through New York State's Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid Managed Care programs.

An estimated 2.5 million New Yorkers, including nearly 7,000 Madison County residents, lack health insurance coverage, according to New York State Department of Health statistics.

All uninsured children under 19 living in New York are eligible through Child Health Plus while adults ages 19 to 64 may qualify for low-cost health coverage through Family Health Plus. Medicaid Managed Care is for children and adults who meet certain income, resource, age, or disability requirements. Members are covered for regular checkups, preventive care, hospital and emergency care, eye exams, and more.

To apply for enrollment in Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus or Medicaid Managed Care with Fidelis Care, please bring proof of age, income and address. No appointment is necessary.

Cover the Uninsured Week, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a national effort to highlight the fact that too many Americans are living without health insurance and to demand solutions from our nation's leaders. An estimated 46 million Americans lack health insurance. Following long-term studies, The Institute of Medicine concluded that, compared to insured adults, uninsured adults have a 25 percent greater risk of premature deaths. In fact, according to Families USA, 18,000 to 22,000 American adults die annually because they lacked insurance.

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