Uninsured Myths & Facts
MYTH: People without health coverage don’t work.
FACT: Eight out of ten people who are uninsured are in working families.
MYTH: Most uninsured people in the United States are minorities
FACT: Non-Hispanic whites make up half of the uninsured.
MYTH: Most people without health insurance are poor.
FACT: In 2005, more than 32 million of the uninsured had household incomes of $25,000 or more, compared with 14.6 million in house- holds earning less. (The federal poverty level for a family of four in 2005 was $19,350.)
MYTH: It doesn’t really matter whether a person has health insurance.
FACT: An estimated 18,000 - 22,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have health coverage, according to studies conducted by the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine and the Urban Institute.
MYTH:Virtually everyone who works for a large employer has health coverage.
FACT: In 2005, 23.1 percent of the nation’s uninsured workers age 18-64 were in firms employing more than 500 people.
Congratulations to the following peo- ple for outstanding conduct that exempli- fies Mission’s MERIT core values of Merc , Excellence, Respect, Integrity and Trust/Teamwork.
Gold MERIT Mentor – Jason Mehler, Mission Children’s Clinic Huff Center Therapies. Jason went the extra mile to make sure a child received the necessary appointments and treatments.
Silver MERIT Mentor – Bryanna Gibbs, RN, of the St. Joseph post operative unit, for her acute atten- tion to details and her determination to make sure all patients are exceptionally taken care of with a positive and exuber- ant attitude.
Brian Wiig, RN
Myra C. Baker
Jenny Bradley (Jenny)
“Bids for Kids” Auction to Benefit Arts for Life
The Arts and Crafts Connection, a local volunteer group, is sponsoring Bids for Kids, A Spring Auction and Chocolate Symphon , to benefit Arts For Life on May 17, 7 - 10 p.m. at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse.
Arts For Life is a nonprofit organiza- tion dedicated to improving the lives and healthcare experiences of children and adolescents battling cancer and other serious illnesses. The program is very active at Mission. Their visual art, cre- ative writing, and music programs
decrease patient stress and anxiet , keep patients active and engaged, and help
families cope with the realities of illness.
You’ll not want to miss this exciting evening of divine chocolates, live music and fabulous auction items! For tickets contact email@example.com. For further information on Arts For Life, go to the web site (www.theartsforlife.org).
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