Coverage of the uninsured focus of panel discussion

St. Louis experts on health-care resources and public policy will discuss medical care and coverage for the uninsured and under-insured at 4:30 p.m. April 21 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center.

Nearly 44 million Americans — about 15 percent of the U.S. population — have no health coverage, including 8.5 million children. And eight out of 10 uninsured Americans are in working families.

The panel discussion titled, “The True Cost of Health Care in the United States,” has been organized by University medical students as an on-campus prelude to “Cover the Uninsured Week,” a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness of the health-care access crisis across the country.

Panelists and speakers include: Tim McBride, Ph.D., Saint Louis University School of Public Health; Glendia Hatton, president and chief executive officer of St. Louis ConnectCare; Will Ross, M.D., WUSTL medical school associate dean and frequent contributor to The St. Louis American; John Carlton, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist who focuses on health care issues; and William A. Peck, M.D., director of the University’s Center for Health Policy and the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine.

During the week of May 10-16, more than 1,000 community events will take place across the country, including health and enrollment fairs, interfaith activities and business events.

St. Louis events will include a seminar for small businesses and a health and enrollment fair at the St. Louis Science Center.

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