Nonprofit Holds Health Fair in DeKalb County for People Without Insurance

According to the U.S. Census Bureau study11.8% of people in Alabama do not have health insurance.

the number is taller than This is above the national average of 10.4%.

Alabama’s uninsured health insurance rate continues to rise, with DeKalb County having the highest rate of 19%.

Jennifer Maddox, president and CEO of the Northeastern Alabama Community Foundation, said, “It’s actually frightening that there are so many uninsured people in this country.

People listening to presenters at the DeKalb County Health Fair.

To provide education and resources to the public, the nonprofit Alabama Arise held a health fair Saturday in Fort Payne.

Participants were able to get a flu shot, talk to health professionals, and listen to forums with multiple health care providers.

Alabama Rise organizer Debbie Smith said, “We want to connect people with the medical services available in the area. We also want to discuss how these services can be improved. increase.”

Maddox was one of the forum’s guest speakers, and there was general consensus that Alabama should expand Medicaid.

Without it, she believes, the uninsured could find themselves in a very dangerous situation.

“The expansion of Medicare is definitely a matter of life and death,” Maddox said. “If you don’t get treatment, you may die.”

Alabama Arise plans to host more health fairs statewide as it continues to fight for affordable health care for all Alabama.

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