Free Seminar Scheduled on Health Insurance Options for Small
Released: April 24, 2006
Small business owners who want to provide their employees with health insurance
coverage will have the chance to hear about a range of affordable options at a free
seminar on Tuesday, May 2, from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Associated Grocers conference
center on Anselmo Lane in Baton Rouge.
The seminar is one of several activities planned for the fourth Cover the Uninsured
Week, a nonpartisan, nationwide effort to spotlight the fact that too many Americans
are uninsured. From May 1-7, events will take place throughout the country, including
press conferences, health and enrollment fairs, business events and campus and interfaith
In the Baton Rouge area, events will include an interfaith prayer breakfast on Thursday,
May 4, and a health fair on Saturday, May 6. Nearly 20 percent of adult Louisianians
live without health insurance, many of them employed full-time.
All Louisiana citizens regardless of their insurance status
need to get involved and make their opinions count, said James J. Donelon,
Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Insurance one of the local organizers
of Cover the Uninsured Week. Most of us are concerned about the rising costs
of health care, empathize with the 945,000 Louisianians who have no coverage, and
recognize that we too could one day find ourselves without health insurance. We
all need to add our voices to share our concern about this urgent issue.
The May 2 seminar will feature panel discussions on insurance basics, consumer-directed
health care, health savings accounts, how to work with a broker and other topics.
Attendees will receive several useful handouts on insurance options and will also
be able to visit tabletop exhibits by the four major group health insurance carriers
in our area: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Coventry, Humana and United
Healthcare. Continental breakfast also will be provided.
Any small business owner in the greater Baton Rouge area is encouraged to attend,
but attendance is limited by space; those interested should e-mail Karen Krumholt
immediately at email@example.com or call (225) 219-9343 to register.
In addition to the Louisiana Department of Insurance, members of the local coalition
organizing Cover the Uninsured Week activities include the Louisiana Department
of Health and Hospitals, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Louisiana Business
Group on Health, Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network and the Greater
Baton Rouge Federation of Churches.
Organizations sponsoring Cover the Uninsured Week nationwide include the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Healthcare Leadership Council, AARP, United Way of America,
American Medical Association, National Medical Association, American Nurses Association,
Families USA, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Americas Health Insurance
Plans, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, Catholic
Health Association of the United States, Service Employees International Union,
The California Endowment, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
According to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly
46 million Americans including more than 8 million children have no
health coverage. The Institute of Medicine estimates that nearly 50 people die each
day because they are uninsured and cannot get the medical care they need.
Organizers of Cover the Uninsured Week the largest campaign in history to
focus attention on the need to secure health coverage for Americans will
encourage people from all walks of life to talk with their friends and neighbors
and get involved. An interactive website will help people express their concern
by instantly sending an e-mail to their member of Congress.
For more information, log on to www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.org.