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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Welcomes Pioneers of No-Cost Health Care to Inglewood

September 1, 2009
Press Release
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) today welcomed Remote Area Medical (RAM) to the Forum in Inglewood, where the foundation will be providing a wide range of free medical, dental and vision care to area residents from August 11th until August 18th.

"There are 47 million Americans who do not have health insurance, and there is a desperate need for access to affordable health care.  While the debate goes on in Washington and across the country about how best to reform and improve health care, RAM is providing free health care to thousands of Los Angeles area residents.  I welcome RAM to our community, and I thank Stan Brock, RAM's founder, and the hundreds of doctors, nurses, dentists and optometrists who are volunteering their services here in the 35th Congressional District," said Congresswoman Waters who joined other elected officials and community leaders at a press conference at the Forum.

The health care clinic will provide free care to anyone who needs it.  An income test or proof of insurance is not required.

Services available include: physical exams and medical consultations, blood lab work, chest x-rays, mammograms and Pap smears, acupuncture, chiropractic care and more.  In addition, dentists will be providing free dental exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions and root canals.  Free eye exams and prescription glasses – and even cataract surgery – will also be available.

RAM has conducted humanitarian medical missions in developing countries around the world and in depressed rural areas of the United States.  This health clinic, known as RAM-LA, is part of a new effort to serve urban America, where millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans live.

"RAM's clinic in Inglewood is expected to be the largest free health care event of its kind anywhere in the world.  This is a wonderful humanitarian service for which the community is grateful.  I encourage everyone in need of health care to come to the Forum during this week of free care," said Congresswoman Waters.

More information can be found at www.ramusa.org/expeditions/2009/ramla2009.htm 

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