Upstate News

March 19, 2009
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Cover the Uninsured Week is March 22 to 28

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —Amid troubled economic times, with layoffs and business closings, the ranks of the uninsured continue to swell at an alarming rate. However, many New Yorkers may be unaware that quality, affordable health coverage exists for individuals and families.

As part of national Cover the Uninsured Week, March 22 to 28, University Hospital will partner with Fidelis Care to offer convenient enrollment opportunities for local residents to obtain free or low-cost health insurance.

Fidelis Care representatives will be at the following locations to answer questions and help eligible residents apply for enrollment through New York State’s Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid programs:

? University Hospital, First Floor Lobby, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, Monday, March 23 through Wednes­day, March 25 and Friday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, March 26, 4 to 7 p.m.
? University Health Care Center, 90 Presidential Plaza., Syracuse, Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Many of our uninsured patients are unaware of the types of insurance plans that may be available to them, such as Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus,” said Stuart M. Wright, C.P.A., chief financial officer for University
Hospital. “One of the many services we offer through our Financial Assistance Program is to raise awareness of these plans and, if patients qualify, help them navigate through the enrollment process. We are happy to partner with Fidelis Care in meeting this need for our patients.”

Since January 2007, Fidelis Care facilitated enrollers, as well as facilitated enrollers from United Healthcare have been on site at University Hospital and UHCC, when the hospital expanded its scope, hours of operation and number of locations of its Financial Assistance Program to reach a greater number of the hospital’ s uninsured and underinsured patients who qualified for free or low-cost healthcare.

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