In response to current economic conditions and with unemployment rates on the rise, The CoverMe Foundation (CMF), a non-profit healthcare coverage referral organization seeks to offer solutions to those lacking healthcare coverage. At no cost to the individual, the organization links people with government-funded public programs, community social services or private health coverage options.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 524,000 jobs have been lost during the month of December, totaling nearly 2.6 million jobs for 2008. The national unemployment rate is currently the highest it has been in nearly six decades at 7.2 percent. A rise in the nation's unemployment rate by one percent is projected to increase the number of uninsured by 1.1 million. These numbers will continue to increase as people lose their jobs and as the number of individuals and families covered by employer-based plans drop.
"We know that the loss of a job can quickly translate into the loss of health benefits for most people," notes The CoverMe Foundation's Founder and President Alec Shea. "Our foundation is available to provide support to the uninsured as they transition during this period of their lives to the next."
The stressed economy can also force families to cut back on healthcare spending because of the belief that available healthcare coverage is too expensive. These cutbacks can lead to higher spending down the road. Many uninsured individuals remain without healthcare coverage because they are not aware of services and resources that are readily available to help them receive the assistance they need.
The CoverMe Foundation understands the effect of the economic downturn on people's healthcare coverage and has dedicated itself to reducing the number of uninsured in the nation. CMF assists and educates applicants through the entire placement process and also social service information to those in need.
For more information, call 1 (877) NSURME-1 or visit www.covermefoundation.org.
The CoverMe Foundation assists consumers in their efforts to locate and access health care coverage. It was conceived as an organization to improve the overall health of citizens in our local communities as well as throughout the United States. Drawing from community resources, government assistance and select corporate partnerships, the foundation strives to facilitate reductions in the number of the uninsured and to improve the overall quality of life in our nation. The CoverMe Foundation is partly funded by a $2.5 million grant from the WellPoint Foundation, which supports innovative programs that help cover the uninsured.