Annual Music Event Helps Uninsured Musicians

Annual Music Event Helps Uninsured Musicians

An annual music event aimed at helping the working uninsured with medical costs.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - An annual music event aimed at helping the working uninsured with medical costs.

This year's "Rock For Love" benefit concert brings together local musicians to raise money for the Church Health Center.

Over 42,000 Mid-Southerners walk through the doors of the Church Health Center every year.

Many are local independent musicians, a job that usually doesn't provide insurance.

It's what gave birth to rock for love.

"Seven years ago me and a couple of buddies founded Rock For Love as a way for musicians to give back to the church health center that takes care of so many people in our community," organizer Jeff Hulett said.

This marks the seventh year for the benefit concert.

Musicians taking part have seen first hand the vital work the Church Health Center does for the working uninsured.

"I've actually been fortunate enough to have a pretty good day job here in the past few years so I have insurance but much of all the guys I play with they don't have any kind of insurance and they rely on the Church Health Center and it's been a lifesaver," musician Mark Edgar Stuart said.

The Church Health Center provides low cost care for those who work at least 20 hours a week.

The average cost for a visit ranges from $25 to $35.

Hulett says Rock For Love is just a part of the Church Health Center's larger mission.

"We serve working uninsured people who work really hard but for whatever reason maybe they're self employed. They don't have insurance. We are not insurance but we are really good primary care,” Hulett said.
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