Katy Edition | June 2020

KATY EDITION

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Experts: Uninsured population could ‘skyrocket’ after COVID19 HEALTHCARE EDITION

BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

The number of uninsured patients in the Katy area will continue to increase in the upcoming months, said Marlen Trujillo, the CEO of Spring Branch Com- munity Health Center in Katy, a nonprot servicing uninsured communities. “Regardless of how many individuals are unin- sured or underinsured in the Katy area, we are de- nitely going to see an increase in individuals needing CONTINUED ON 20 About 15% of Katy residents are uninsured, which is lower than the state average of 18% . Below is the percentage of uninsured people in 2018 in ZIP codes covering the Katy area. 62,515 Katy-area residents did not have insurance in 2018. UNINSUREDRATES Percentage of uninsured residents

Katy areamarches for justice, equality Brian Middleton, Fort Bend County district attorney, speaks to a crowd of demonstrators at the Katy for Black Lives Matter Protest on June 4 at Katy Park. (Jen Para / Community Impact Newspaper)

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the coronavirus from spreading make it easier to judge people by only skin color and size, she said. “They just see his skin color and his height ... and he can t any prole,” Al Talib said. Coordinated by three Katy ISD students, the Katy for Black Lives Matter Protest was one among a series of rallies and marches occurring across the U.S. protesting police brutality and racial inequal- ity following the death of George Floyd, a Hous- tonian who was killed while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25. “At this point, everyone is screaming worldwide

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Katy-area resident Amani Al Talib was one of about 2,000 demonstrators who attended the Katy for Black Lives Matter Protest held June 4 at Katy Park. She came with her three daughters and said she is worried for her 21-year-old son enrolled in col- lege in California. The coronavirus pandemic has amplied tensions, and the masks worn to prevent Please join your friends and neighbors in support of Community Impact Newspaper ’s legacy of local, reliable reporting by making a contribution. Any amount matters. Together, we can continue to ensure our citizens stay informed and keep our local businesses thriving. Become a #CommunityPatron

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