In conjunction with the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Ed Show will join forces with the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) to bring free health care and treatment to New Orleans on Monday, August 29, 2011.
To bring awareness and care to those in critical need, Ed Schultz is asking viewers to make a donation to the NAFC in order to set up the free health care clinic in New Orleans.
In addition to the damage inflicted to homes, the hurricane has had a significant impact on the city’s healthcare community. Four hospitals were forced to close after the storm and many residents still remain uninsured. A story from the May 31, 2011 issue of the Times-Picayune newspaper reports that the entire east side of New Orleans has been without a hospital since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
“Though Hurricane Katrina occurred six years ago, New Orleans is still in desperate need of resources and help. We urge everyone to get involved and donate to help the many hard-working Americans that still do not have access to affordable health care,” said Nicole Lamoureux, NAFC Executive Director.
All participants in the NAFC clinic will receive preventive primary medical care and will be connected to the area’s safety net providers. More than 10,000 uninsured people have received medical care at similar free clinics sponsored by the NAFC. This will be the fifth free health clinic The Ed Show has broadcast from. In the past few years alone, msnbc has raised over $3 million dollars in viewer donations to help this cause.
For more information, please visit: http://www.freeclinics.us/.