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By iwano@_84

Houston nonprofit The Rose determined to help uninsured women receive breast cancer treatment

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted millions of lives in many ways, one of which is the severe cut back in the number people keeping up with their routine checkups. Houston-based nonprofit group The Rose, which has been helping women receive breast cancer diagnoses and treatments for over 35 years regardless of their ability to pay, is determined not to give up on its mission.

Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and co-founder of The Rose, said the marked increase in the number of people putting off their mammograms was disastrous since early detection was the key to stopping cancer in most cases.

“We are conducting our screenings while observing social distancing,” said Gibbons. “We’re at 75 percent of what we normally would be doing. Some of our ladies are having to wait a bit to get their mammogram.”

The Rose operates two clinics in Houston and Bellaire respectively where women, insured or uninsured,

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CDC study: More Americans were uninsured even before pandemic

The number of working-age Americans without health insurance was rising even before the coronavirus pandemic struck the U.S. and left millions unemployed, according to a new study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Wednesday.

The study from the CDC found that 14.5 percent of adults ages 18 to 64 were uninsured in 2019, a rise from 13.3 percent in 2018. In total, 28.8 million adults were uninsured last year, compared to 26.3 million in 2018.

Coverage was split along racial and gender lines, with just over 30 percent of Hispanic adults lacking health care, compared with 10.2 percent of white adults and 14.3 percent of Black adults. 

Men were also more likely to lack coverage than women by a 16 percent to 13.1 percent margin.

The most common reason people gave the CDC for not being insured was that coverage was “not affordable,” with nearly 74 percent

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