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Remote Area Medical Is Returning To LA
In the biggest event of its kind, Los Angeles is coming together to bring medical, dental and vision care to thousands who desperately need it.
Special Notice: Additional Wristband Distribution is Wednesday April 28
Remote Area Medical® (RAM) will distribute a limited number of wristbands on Wednesday, April 28 starting at 10 a.m. on the east side of the Los Angeles Sports Arena parking lot. A limited number of wristbands are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No additional wristbands will be distributed before Wednesday, April 28. People must have a wristband to be admitted to the clinic.
L A TIMES REPORTS:
More than 3,000 people lined up Sunday morning to sign up for treatment at a massive free health clinic that will begin Tuesday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Organizers of the free clinic, which served more than 6,300 people during its first visit to Los Angeles in August, have said those seeking help must pre-register Sunday, a change they hope will reduce waits and leave fewer people turned away.
Those at the front of the line had packed duffel bags and folding chairs to wait overnight in brisk temperatures.
Cindy Williams, 48, took several buses from her home in Twentynine Palms to secure her place, arriving well before dawn. William hopes to see a dentist. She lost her job as a sales clerk last year, then saw her state Denti-Cal insurance cut just as she was about to have her two front teeth extracted and replaced. A dentist told her it would cost $2,000.
“There’s no jobs and unemployment doesn’t cover it,” she said.
Many of those waiting to get appointments were unemployed, disabled or retired. Others had jobs-just not health insurance.
MORE L A TIMES REPORTS:
Organizers of a massive free mobile health clinic that opens Tuesday will distribute the remaining wristbands for medical appointments — about 1,200 — beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The announcement was made after more than a dozen people showed up at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday seeking appointments. Volunteers with Remote Area Medical, the Tennessee-based nonprofit running the free clinic, gave them wristbands and then set a new time for people to make the remaining appointments.
No wristbands will be given out Tuesday, the first day of the weeklong clinic. On Sunday, nearly 5,600 people lined up outside the clinic site, many camping out in the cold on the sidewalk overnight, to claim wristbands and a chance for free dental and medical treatment.
Organizers had initially planned to give out all wristbands Sunday.
At a mobile clinic held in August at the Forum in Inglewood, the group’s volunteer medical staff provided more than 14,000 treatments and services to more than 6,300 patients over an eight-day run.