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Cover the Uninsured Week

Photo: April 16, 2008

Nursing faculty and students prepare to do screening at Pickle Elementary School

Nursing instructor Trish O'Day, & students
Abram Bustamante, Samantha Langford,
Erika Werner, Kara Hicks & Courtney Vinson
prepare to do screening at Pickle Elementary

University nursing students get ready for Cover the Uninsured Week by helping Austin residents into health programs.

National Cover the Uninsured Week is April 27-May 3, and School of Nursing students have been working at several locations across Central Texas helping screen and enroll the uninsured into health programs such as Medicaid and CHIP.

The situation in Texas is even more critical as one in four Texans do not have health insurance, said O'Day.

"Individuals and families without insurance will delay seeking needed health care and often end up in the emergency room, which is much more costly care," she said.

Nursing student Samantha Langford conducts Medicaid screening in the library at Pickle Elementary School

Nursing student Samantha Langford conducts
Medicaid screening at Pickle Elementary library

Nursing students have been conducting screening at Webb Middle School and Pickle Elementary School in northeast Austin. The School of Nursing also is involved with advising the uninsured at the Children's Wellness Center and Family Wellness Center on a routine basis.

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 the nation's leaders. Thousands of activities across the country will take place during the week.

For more information email Trish O'Day.