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Oct. 10 free clinic at hospital will provide utility budget counseling

New Britain [September 29 2009] - Families can receive budget counseling for utility bills at a free Keep the Power On clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s (HCC) New Britain General campus. Event sponsors are HCC, Medical Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) of the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and Northeast Utilities, Inc.

At the clinic, trained volunteers will assist families in learning about budgeting for utilities and enrolling in energy assistance programs. Northeast Utilities representatives will work with families in an attempt to enter them into affordable payment arrangements.

“As we approach the expensive winter heating season, this event will bring together many important services available in our community,” says Antoinette Capriglione, M.D., HCC chief of Pediatrics. “These are difficult times for many of our patients and sometimes getting in touch with agencies is too overwhelming. We hope it will be somewhat easier for families if we gather key agencies together for them.”

Other organizations represented will be HCC’s New Britain Asthma Initiative and its Nutritional Education and Exercise Development program, End Hunger Connecticut!, Neighborhood Housing Services, New Britain Food and Resource Center, and Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc.

The event will be in Lecture Rooms 1 and 2; Quigley garage parking validation offered. To register or for more information, call 860-545-8581 or e-mail

The hospital and Center for Children’s Advocacy offer the MLPP in New Britain, pairing pediatricians with attorneys to help Greater New Britain’s poor and at-risk children receive optimal medical care and services.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, x6507

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