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Hundreds flood Eastgate for free health screenings

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Earl Howze is 62 and doesn't take medicine. He says he wants to keep it that way because he doesn't have insurance. That’s why he walked over an hour to receive free health screenings. 

“I just walked over here from highway 58,” said Houze.

Howze got his blood and cholesterol checked.  Tests that would have been covered under health insurance, but the prices spiked and earl recently lost his coverage.

“They went up on my policy. I just couldn't afford it, 100 to 200. I’m retired,” said Houze.

Hundreds showed up Saturday for the same reason. Organizers say this event may  be the only opportunity for some to stay on top of their health. 

“So if you were paying out of pocket you are actually saving money and getting the screenings done free of charge,” said Chris Ramsey, organizer.

Houze says he's thankful for this fair, because without it, preventative care wouldn’t be within his reach. 

“This here is like a good thing, to prevent things, and get knowledge of your health,” said Houze.

The Minority Health Fair is an annual event. If you missed it today they will have other events in the community throughout the year. The minority health fair was put on thanks to over 15 sponsors. 

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