Baton Rouge --- Staff from the Department of Health and Hospitals, along with representatives from other agencies and advocacy groups, will be at locations throughout the state to promote programs already in place to help uninsured children, pregnant women, and seniors in need of assistance paying their Medicare premiums. This outreach is part of Cover The Uninsured Week, from May 10-16.


The week will be filled with outreach activities to enroll more of these citizens, many of whom are eligible for state-funded health insurance and do not know it, into the various Medicaid programs.


LDH Secretary Dr. Fred Cerise and Chip Kahn, president of the Federation of American Hospitalswill officially kick off Cover the Uninsured Week Monday morning in New Orleans, with a 10 a.m. press conference at Gallier Hall. Activities will take place in all parts of the state throughout the rest of the week. A calendar of events is listed below.

For more information, or to obtain an application/renewal form, visit the Medicaid Web site at: or call toll free, 1-877-252-2447 (2LaCHIP).

Monday, May 10

<                     CTUW Kickoff Press Conference (10 a.m.) @ Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

Speakers: LDH Secretary Fred Cerise, M.D., M.P.H.; Chip Kahn, Pres. of the Fed. of American Hospitals

<                     New Orleans East Health Fair (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) @ N.O. East Family Health Center; 9900 Lake Forest Blvd.

<                    Teche Action Clinic (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 1115 Weber St., Franklin

<                    Calcasieu Parish Health Unit (8 a.m.– 4 p.m.) 3236 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles

<                    Cameron Parish Health Unit (8 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m.) 107 Recreation Center Lane, Cameron

<                    Daughters of Charity (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) 3900 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans

Wednesday, May 12

<                     St. John the Baptist Health Fair (3 p.m. -- 7 p.m.) 1920 Clio St., New Orleans

<                    Beauregard Parish Health Unit (8 a.m.-- noon) 216 Evangeline St., DeRidder

<                    Jeff Davis Parish Health Unit (8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) 403 Baker St., Jennings

<                    Daughters of Charity (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) 3900 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans

Thursday, May 13

<                    St. Mary of the Angels Health Fair (3-7 p.m.) at 2225 Congress St., New Orleans

<                    Allen Parish Health Unit (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) 145 Hospital Drive, Oakdale


Friday, May 14

<                    Covering Kids & Families Coalition Meeting (3-4:30 p.m.) at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital Mediplex, 3347 Masonic Drive, Alexandria; Guest Speaker: LDH Secretary Fred Cerise, M.D. M.P.H.

<                    Excel Health Fair (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) 9900 Lake Forest Blvd; New Orleans

<                    First Annual Family Health Fair (3-6 p.m.) at Teche Action Clinic; 1115 Weber St.,, Franklin

<                    Daughters of Charity ( 9 a.m. -2 p.m.) 3900 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans

<                    Colonial Health Fair (9 a.m. -1 p.m.) 426 N. Washington St; Marksville

<                    Natchitoches Health Fair (9 a.m.-Noon) at Outpatient Medical Ctr., 1640 Breazeale Springs St.

<                    Mansfield Health Fair (7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) at First United Methodist Church; 502 Polk Street

<                    White Oaks Terrace Apartments Health Fair (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) 600 Hospital St., Oak Grove

<                    St. Helena Parish Hospital Annual Community Health Fair (8 a.m.-- noon) Hwy. 43 N; Greensburg


Saturday, May 15

<                    Galilee Church of God Health Fair (10 a.m. -1 p.m.) 1520 Alvar St., New Orleans

<                    Harrell Park Health and Enrollment Fair (11 a.m. -2 p.m.) 8600 South Carrollton, New Orleans

<                    Union General Hospital Health Fair (8 a.m. -noon) 901 James Ave., Farmerville

<                    Community Health Day (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at Antioch Baptist Church; 2778 Billups Lane, Brusly

<                    Straight Way Ministries Health Fair (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) at 1915 Ryder Drive, Baton Rouge


Sunday, May 16

<                    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk (9 a.m.-- noon) at North Oaks Park, Hammond