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Hattiesburg's "Movie Night" kicks-off new health initiative

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"Movie Night" at Townsquare Park kicked off the City of Hattiesburg's E-3 Health Initiative. "Movie Night" at Townsquare Park kicked off the City of Hattiesburg's E-3 Health Initiative.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hollywood has helped Hattiesburg kick-off a new effort to improve healthcare for needy families. The City of Hattiesburg made use of a second, free "Movie Night" at Townsquare Park Saturday to begin implementing its outreach program to increase enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance, or CHIP program.

That initiative is called Educate, Enroll and Empower, or E-3, and it's being funded by a grant from the National League of Cities.

The goal is to reduce the number of uninsured families in the Hub City by 50 percent.

"We're actually going to pass out some literature, a little post card that actually kind of allows us to see who you are, do you have health insurance," said Johnny Dupree, mayor of Hattiesburg. "If you don't have health insurance, give us contact information, and we'll get back with you, where we can give you information about how to enroll," he said.

By the way, the movie that brought everybody to Townsquare Park Saturday night was Wreck it Ralph.

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