POSTED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 3:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 9:47am
In McAllen, At a press conference held at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Friday morning, Representative Veronica Gonzales presented the South Texas Health Guide, which will inform uninsured people to where to go to find affordable health care services.
"I think a lot of time it's not just we don't want to find a cure, it's just we don't know where to go. so it's going to list from Brownsville to Starr county, it will list the clinics that are available," said Gonzales.
The U.S. Census Bureau shows that there are 6.3 million Texans who are uninsured or lacking public or private health insurance in 2009, that makes the state of Texas the number in the nation whose population is living with out health insurance. According to Representative Gonzales, Hidalgo County has about 47% of residents living with out health insurance.
"That is a huge number of people," said Gonzales. "We are looking at people who probably would go to the emergency room for care, rather than going to a clinic or a doctor's office because they are not sure where to go or they're afraid that they would be required to pay with either cash or with insurance that they don't have."
The guide is presented in both English and in Spanish. It was funded by private donations by Pfizer Helpful Answers and a partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. The health guide is now available in clinics throughout the Valley.
If you would like a copy of the South Texas Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured call: 1-888-720-1337.