60 Minutes Revisits Health Care in Virginia’s Appalachia

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Pelly_s_zpsky6xug0j.jpgby Dan Sullivan

Scott Pelly rendezvoused with Health Wagon’s Teresa Gardner and Paula Hill-Meade for a return engagement that will be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday at 7 PM EST. Since the original segment about the mobile clinic, financial support has improved but need continues to outstrip resources.

Without Medicaid expansion or a Republican alternative nearly one million residents of Virginia will continue without health insurance and adequate access to healthcare. Health Wagon and Remote Area Medical are the only figurative and literal band aids.

    Health Wagon's clientele:

  • The poverty rate among the population served by the Health Wagon is 70% to 140% higher than in the rest of Virginia.

  • 43.4% live on incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty rate, compared with 27.1% statewide.

  • 49.3% of those over the age of 25 do not have a high school diploma, compared with 24.8% statewide.

  • Chronic unemployment rates are five times higher than the statewide average.

  • Adults in the Health Wagon coverage area age 35-64 die 30% earlier than the same population in the rest of Virginia.
    • Additionally, as compared with the rest of Virginia:

  • Health Wagon clients are 21% more likely to die from diseases of the heart.

  • Health Wagon clients are 14% more likely to die from diabetes.

  • Health Wagon clients are 35% more likely to die from COPD.

  • Health Wagon clients are 40% more likely to die from unintentional injuries.

  • Health Wagon clients are 50% more likely to die from suicide.

  • Please share to increase awareness of this Free Mobile Clinic providing care to the uninsured and under-insured in our mountains. The last two years have seen double the number of patients due to the number of lost coal mining jobs. And contribute to both the Health Wagon and Remote Area Medical whatever you can.

    There will be a Remote Area Medical Clinic in Buena Vista March 5th and 6th. You may specify that your donations to RAM to be applied to Virginia clinics.