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Churches to increase health awareness

Churches to increase health awareness

SHREVEPORT—The Nation- al Medical Association (NMA) is partnering with Enroll America and Black churches to increase of the awareness of health coverage opportunities and healthy Black people.

NMA plans to use the partnership to provide physicians with the opportunity to help the uninsured under- stand the long-term effects of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Twenty-one percent, or one in five Blacks under the age of 65 don’t have health in surance coverage.

Recent surveys by Enroll America showed that 68 per- cent of uninsured Black peo- ple are unaware that financial help is available to pay for health insurance options. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, six in 10 uninsured Blacks qualify for tax credits to pur- chase coverage.

“The churches in the Af- rican American Community play a pivotal role in inform- ing people about the impor- tance of health coverage,” said Michael LeNoir, NMA president

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