RAM Officials Are Working On Kentucky Division

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

For hundreds of people, it's a chance to receive much-needed medical care.

The Remote Area Medical clinic, or RAM, came to the Knott County Sportsplex over the weekend.

The event provides free medical, dental, and eye screenings for those in need.

“We have a lot of un-insured and under-insured people in this area we wanted to be able to provide these services to help them,” Julie Haynes, RAM Coordinator said.

“I think it's awesome that people are willing to donate their time and their services to help people a little less fortunate. You know because if it wasn't for this, I'm telling you right now, my kids probably would never be going to the dentist,” Natasha Petty said.

RAM organizers say they are in the planning stages of creating a RAM Kentucky Division.

Their goal is to open coordinating offices in Pike County, where people can call to donate or volunteer for future ram events.


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  • by Gaye Location: Pike County on Dec 9, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    I want to commend Julie Haynes who coordinated the event, and the many other who so graciously volunteered their time to help others in need. I think RAM is great. It's objective is to help those who have no insurance to pay for dental and vision or who may have insurance but their deductible is so high that they can't afford it.
  • by Myrtle Location: Manchester on Dec 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    I volunteered at the RAM event on Saturday, and enjoyed it tremendously. I Met some very nice people there. I would gladly volunteer my time again. A lot of people got medical, dental and vision care that they might not have gotten had it not been for this event. I thought it was a wonderful thing. Maybe you people that are worrying about people getting free blacktop should try doing something for others and find out how rewarding it can be.
  • by Tim Location: Lexington on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    Some of you people there make me sick.I grew up in Knott County but had to leave for work because there were no jobs there but now you have a county government that is wanting to do good things and actually help people and some of you are still mad because the "Good Ole Boy Network" is no longer in power. These medical professionals and local citizens volunteered their time to come offer a needed service and some of you still want to talk politics, thats why Eastern Kentucky will never get any major industry, you'd rather have politics over porgress!!!
  • by Donald Joe Location: Hindman on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    Did the same Knott Countians who got free blacktop also get free teeth?
  • by Wendell on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    New teeth and free blacktop---got it made.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    Crystal, that is how many of those events work. People show up and wait, usually outside, in lone lines until they are called. Most of the time they don't have tents to wait in. The Sportsplex is a great location for the RAM event and I'm glad we have something like it in Knott County. If it was held at Knott Central they would be waiting outside too.
  • by Cheryl Location: Floyd Co on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    My daughter and I volunteered on Saturday along with some of my co-workers and we enjoyed assisting others during the event. Many persons benefited from these available resources. I would happily volunteer again.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Dec 8, 2008 at 09:02 PM
    Great program, was a big help to people without insurance. If it is to be held in Knott Co. again it needs to be at another place....maybe Knott Co. Central High School. RAM...sure is the right name for the location such as the sport-place LOL... about as remote of a place as one can go.LOL I heard that the people had to wait in tents until their number was called. Wow those two mornings where cold. Where is all that space in that big great sport-place? (10million)LOL
  • by Carolyn Location: Pinetop on Dec 8, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    We expected a larger turn out than what happened. We later discovered that many people were already covered under the Medicaid system. Knott county has a 86% Medicaid rate and the people are very informed as to what services are available.

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