Letter from Michelle A.Taylor, President and CEO United Way of Delaware

April 13, 2010

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“One in nine Delawareans lives without health insurance. That’s more than 100,000 people. And nearly half of the uninsured in Delaware are working adults. They could be your neighbors, your family, your friends. Maybe even you.

No matter how you feel about the recent healthcare legislation, we can all agree that basic healthcare should never be beyond the reach of those who need it.

To address the healthcare needs of people right here in Delaware, United Way of Delaware partnered with AstraZeneca to form Healthy Delawareans Today & Tomorrow (HDTT), a coalition of state agencies and community-based health facilities. Since its launch in 2007, HDTT has linked 26,000 Delawareans to healthcare programs and services.

In recognition of the coalition’s ongoing efforts, Governor Markell has proclaimed April Healthy Delawareans Today & Tomorrow Month. Over the next several weeks, HDTT will spread awareness of local resources including free or low-cost healthcare services, health screenings, prescription assistance programs and transportation to and from medical appointments for those in need.

If you or someone you love doesn’t have health benefits, the first step is to call 2-1-1, Delaware’s new phone number for health and human service referrals. Representatives are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and resources are also available online at www.delaware211.org.

Getting the right information from Healthy Delawareans Today & Tomorrow may mean the difference between living with a healthcare issue and living a better life in Delaware. So tell your neighbors, your family, your friends, anyone who might need help with healthcare needs. Together, we can make Delawareans healthier.

Michelle A. Taylor

President and CEO

United Way of Delaware