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February 5, 2014- DMC Path to Health Campaign Hosts First Community Health Care Insurance Enrollment Event

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) will host a free health care enrollment festival event this month as part of the DMC Path to Health campaign, launched in January. With the launch of the campaign, DMC committed to work with more than 100 Detroit-area local organizations and elected officials to provide Detroiters basic education and assistance with accessing affordable health insurance under the new (federal and state) health care laws.

The event will be held Saturday, February 15 at the Samaritan Center, located at 5555 Conner Street in Detroit. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., local families are invited to join DMC and campaign partners to visit the festival, work with Certified Application Counselors to sign up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act and take advantage of a resource fair with a variety of local services.

”This is a great opportunity for families to come down together, enroll in health care insurance for the first time and enjoy the festivities," said Detroit Parent Network CEO Sharlonda Buckman. "This is the first step to getting our community members preventative care and to improve the health of parents and children."

The resource fair will include an opportunity to learn about local organizations and programs such as Children's Center, Enroll America, Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), Detroit Metropolitan Credit Union, and Gleaners Community Food Bank with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program will be doing food and shopping demonstrations, the American Diabetes Association will offer a diabetes risk test. Primerica Financial Services will have information and enrollment opportunities. Detroit Community Health Connection will also provide screenings with DMC medical staff, such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings.  

"With this event, and five more to follow, we are bringing affordable health care insurance and enrollment to our neighborhoods," said Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch, NAACP. "The event provides a one-stop-shop so Detroiters can be educated on their choices and receive hands-on help to sign up." 

Those who attend and work with a counselor to enroll must bring with them proof of citizenship or immigration, status/legal residency (social security number, passport, immigration document status number), state residency (driver’s license or utility bill), income for all family members (W-2 forms, pay stubs, or proof of unemployment) and current health insurance, if any, including policy numbers. All who enroll will also be invited to enjoy music, refreshments, a kids play zone and share their story with other community members.

DMC will host at least six enrollment events in Metro Detroit through the beginning of Summer. For more information, call 1-888-DMC-2500 or visit www.dmc.org/pathtohealth.

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