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Federal charter honoring Remote Area Medical introduced by U.S. Congressman

Federal charter honoring Remote Area Medical introduced by U.S. Congressman

ROCKFORD, TN (April 10, 2018) – A bill recognizing Remote Area Medical (RAM) as a federally chartered organization has been introduced by Congressman John Duncan, Jr. Receiving a federal charter is a great honor for an organization, and RAM is very grateful for the opportunity to be recognized in this way.

“Receiving a Federal charter from U.S. Congress would be of tremendous assistance to RAM and our mission of providing free, quality healthcare to people in need.  It has the potential to expose our work to entirely new audiences,” says RAM Founder & President, Stan Brock.  

If a majority of the members of Congress vote in favor of this bill, Remote Area Medical will become a federally recognized organization and join the ranks of more than 90 other high-profile organizations that have been similarly recognized, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers—Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts of America, the National Park Foundation, Future Farmers of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Congressman Duncan has also introduced a bill that, if passed, would aid RAM and other humanitarian organizations in recruiting volunteer health care professionals with out-of-state licenses. Titled The Healthier Act of 2017, the bill calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a two-year grant program for all fifty states that would provide grant money for states that pass laws allowing out-of-state health care providers to offer services on a volunteer basis. In 1995, the State of Tennessee passed the Volunteer Healthcare Services Act of 1995 to become the first state in the nation to allow medical and dental practitioners with out-of-state licenses to provide care to those in need. Since then, 11 other states have enacted similar legislation.

Please show your support for Remote Area Medical’s Federal charter and The Healthier Act of 2017 by contacting your local state representative today!  You can obtain contact information for your local representative by visiting www.usa.gov/elected-officials 

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 740,000 women, men, and children delivering $120 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maryland, Puerto Rico, India, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming clinic locations include New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee. 

CONTACT: Robert Lambert
EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org
OFFICE: (865) 862-5907
CELL: (540) 815-7934

RAM to provide free dental, vision, and medical care at 19th annual Wise Expedition

RAM to provide free dental, vision, and medical care at 19th annual Wise Expedition

Remote Area Medical still seeking additional volunteers to help treat people in need.

ROCKFORD, TN (March 22, 2018) – Remote Area Medical- RAM™ — a major non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals– will operate its 19th annual Wise, Virginia clinic, July 20 – 22, 2018 at Wise County Fairgrounds. Services available at the clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, mental health services, osteopathic manipulation services, women’s health exams, and general medical exams. All RAM services are free and no ID is required.   

The Wise RAM clinic will be held at the Wise County Fairgrounds at 10101 Fairground Rd. Wise, VA 24293. The parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Friday, July 20. Patients will receive a numbered ticket as they enter the parking lot and will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. The same process will repeat Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.

“RAM, RAM of Virginia, and the Health Wagon are proud to be returning to the fairgrounds in Wise County, Virginia to provide the community with these much-needed dental, vision, and medical services. We are fully committed to ensuring this annual event is available to those in the area that need it,” said RAM Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Eastman.

According to U.S. census data, the poverty rate in Wise County is 23.5%, which far exceeds the national average of 12.7%. Additionally, Wise County ranks 124th out of Virginia’s 133 counties/cities in terms of health quality. Because of these factors, RAM expects to see great demand from residents in Wise and surrounding communities during the three-day clinic. “Last year alone, RAM provided $1.4 million dollars’ worth of free care to more than 2,000 people, right here in Wise County, Virginia,” said RAM Founder & President Stan Brock.  “Until something changes, millions of people in this country will remain without access to affordable health care.”

RAM is still in need of additional dental, vision, and medical professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Wise. Thanks to state legislation, clinical professionals licensed in any of the 50 states can treat patients at RAM clinics in Virginia. For more information about volunteering at a RAM mobile medical clinic, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 740,000 women, men, and children delivering $120 million worth of free health care services.

 

CONTACT: Robert Lambert
EMAIL: RobertL@ramusa.org
OFFICE: (865) 862-5907
CELL: (540) 815-7934

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