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Dallas event offers uninsured free health care

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DALLAS (AP) - Nearly 1,200 uninsured people received free health care at a Dallas event this weekend.

The Communities Are Responding Everyday Clinic was held at the Dallas Convention Center on Saturday.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://dallasne.ws/Vg0IqC) the center was converted into 60 temporary doctor's offices as patients received care including electrocardiograms and kidney disease screenings. Children were able to receive vision screenings and immunizations.

Texas has the nation's highest rate of uninsured people with about 26%, according to recent U.S. census figures.

Clyde Burwell, of Carrollton, says he has worked as a temporary employee without insurance since he was laid off more than a year ago. At the event, the 59-year-old was able to get free medical care and get doctor approval for prescription refills.

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