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Cover the Uninsured Week

What is Cover the Uninsured Week?

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cover the Uninsured Week (CTUW) is a yearly event dedicated to raising public awareness of the growing ranks of Americans without health care coverage and urging our nation's leaders to make covering the uninsured a top priority. Each year, CTUW convenes diverse groups across the political spectrum to demonstrate widespread support for Americans living without health coverage, with more than 1,000 local events being organized each year.

Cover the Uninsured Week and the AMA-MSS

As part of its ongoing dedication to covering the uninsured and protecting access to care, the AMA-MSS is a proud national supporter of Cover the Uninsured Week. Each year, more than 50 MSS chapters organize CTUW events ranging from health and enrollment fairs to lectures on health care reform. For example, medical students at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine organized a weeklong CTUW campaign featuring a series of lectures on health care reform and a health fair at which students provided uninsured patients with free health screenings and information about free and low-cost health insurance options. Similarly, medical students at SUNY Upstate Medical University organized a multi-location health fair addressing chronic disease screening and education for the uninsured, a health care reform lecture, and an SCHIP enrollment fair at a local middle school.

What can your chapter do?

This year, AMA-MSS chapters will again organize events and partner with local organizations to raise awareness of the plight of the uninsured and engage individuals of all backgrounds in taking action on this important issue. All AMA-MSS chapters are encouraged to participate in CTUW events.

Please contact the AMA-MSS with any questions.