CLEVELAND, OHIO –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today toured the MedWorks free medical clinic operating at the W.O. Walker Center throughout the weekend. Brown helped register uninsured and underinsured Ohioans who have made more than 1600 appointments with volunteer health care workers providing medical, dental, and vision services.
“Too many Ohioans lack access to routine health services or can’t afford the out-of-pocket-costs associated with medical care,” Brown said. “I applaud MedWorks and the more than 500 Ohio health workers providing volunteer services this weekend. We owe it to them, and to the thousands of uninsured and underinsured Ohioans, to pass health insurance reform.”
More than 46 million Americans are uninsured. An additional 25 million Americans are underinsured – meaning that their out-of-pocket health care expenses, excluding premiums, are ten percent or more of family income. Brown is working to pass health insurance reform that allows consumer to keep their current coverage or purchase affordable, quality health care. He believes any reform must lower health costs and improve medical care through market competition, preventive services, and investments in technology.