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By Jonathan Wilson

The District of Columbia has more than 57,000 residents without health insurance, and many should be able to get some free medical care today at the Washington Convention Center.

The National Association of Free Clinics is creating a doctor's office the size of three football fields inside the convention center.

Starting at 11 this morning, patients will be filing through the more than 75 temporary exam rooms set up for the massive free health clinic.

Organizers have been able to secure the services of more than 800 medical volunteers from the DC area. At least 1200 uninsured patients are expected, and the physicians and nurses here will offer free cholesterol blood tests, EKG's, diabetes testing, as well as HIV/AIDS tests.

And it isn't just about today, patients who come to the free clinic will be connected to local resources for continuing medical care.

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