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AmeriCares restores health and saves lives for people in need around the world and here at home. While AmeriCares is an apolitical organization, and has been since our founding in 1982, we are committed to improving the health of people throughout the United States. We are encouraged by the recent public debate about improving access to medical care for all Americans.
However, AmeriCares does not have a position, nor is it affiliated in any way, with the AmeriCare Health Care Act of 2009 (H.R. 193), despite the similarity in our name and the title of the proposed legislation. We also hold no position on the Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) currently being debated, and we hold no position on any other legislative initiative. In our role as a humanitarian aid organization, AmeriCares has responded to the growing health care crisis here at home by increasing our support of free clinics and medical assistance programs serving the poor and uninsured.
Throughout the United States, we deliver donated medicines and supplies to a growing network of health care clinics treating uninsured and underinsured patients. For Americans who cannot afford their prescriptions, we administer patient assistance programs that provide free medicines to residents in all 50 states. In Connecticut, we operate three free clinics that provide quality health care services to uninsured men, women and children.
For over 25 years, AmeriCares has also been responding to natural disasters throughout the country, helping to reduce suffering and restore communities. AmeriCares has reached out to thousands of Americans affected by weather-related emergencies including hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and flooding.
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