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Assurant Health Foundation announces $100,000 grant to benefit Walker's Point Community Clinic

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Money will help provide care to the uninsured, underinsured

MILWAUKEE, Wis, Assurant Health Foundation officials have announced a gift of $100,000 to benefit the Walker's Point Community Health Center and CORE El/Centro.

“The Assurant Health Foundation seeks to increase access to quality health care for all individuals in our community,” said Rob Guilbert, Assurant Health Foundation President. “We are proud to support the dedicated staff of Walker's Point and CORE/El Centro who, each day, are helping people in need get connected to quality care.”

Of the $100,000, $70,000 is being used to build two additional exam rooms and to provide a physician’s assistant for the clinic. The remaining $30,000 will help CORE/El Centro provide health education, exercise and complementary medicine such as acupuncture, massage therapy and movement classes.

Steve Ohly, a nurse practitioner and manager of the clinic, which is a joint effort of the University of Wisconsin Medical School and Aurora Health Care, added: “The impact of this gift is immeasurable. How can you put a price on a child’s health? Or the ability to relieve chronic pain? This grant will give patients more peace of mind by giving them access to quality health care, whether or not they are insured.”

The announcement was made at a news conference that included a demonstration of a movement class and tours of the clinic.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

About Assurant Health

In business since 1892, Assurant Health provides health insurance coverage for more than one million people nationwide. Assurant Health develops and provides a wide range of individual medical, small group, short term and student health insurance products, as well as non-insurance products. Assurant Health also provides consumer-choice products such as Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Arrangements. With almost 3,000 employees, Assurant Health is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., and has operations offices in Minnesota, Idaho, and Florida, as well as sales offices across the country. Assurant Health products are issued and underwritten by Fortis Insurance Company, John Alden Life Insurance Company and Fortis Benefits Insurance Company. The Assurant Health web site is www.assuranthealth.com.

Assurant Health is part of Assurant, which offers specialized insurance products and related services in North America and selected other markets. Its four key business units -- Assurant Employee Benefits; Assurant Health; Assurant Preneed; and Assurant Solutions -- have partnered with clients who are leaders in their industries and have built leadership positions in a number of specialty market segments and in the U.S. and selected international markets. Assurant is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ.

Contact: Sue Pierman, Aurora, 414-647-6432

Megan Hindman, Assurant Health, 414-299-8227

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