Asthma as a Disability: A Family’s Struggle With Chronic Illness

A young mother’s struggle with asthma and chronic migraines is a perfect illustration of the two-way street between life stress, such as homelessness, and physical health. Preservation of the healthcare services she accesses through the Affordable Care Act are key to that equation.  “It’s either pay rent or pay for medicine. Get food or pay for medicine.” Listen to her story at […]

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Growing up in a health desert

Not only is there no hospital in Thermal, Ca., there are very few Spanish-speaking physicians to serve the needs of the growing Latino population. One young resident has taken this as inspiration to become a doctor. “Recently I shadowed a doctor in Coachella who grew up in our community and speaks Spanish. I was surprised when I […]

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Residents learn the key to health coverage

Public health advocates held a meeting in Boyle Heights to address a widely perceived need for more information about insurance options. Residents met behind a local church to learn more about healthcare opportunities under a changing system, and traded definitions of health care. The conversations focused on prevention, holistic care, and cultural competence. “A lot of people were not informed that they […]

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‘Health For All’ draws dialogue – but no elected officials

Residents of Merced and Stanislaus Counties gave personal testimony of the health effects of the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the Affordable Care Act. There are 24,000 estimated undocumented residents in Merced county, and Health For All, or Senate Bill 4, would allow them to buy a health care plan through the state’s insurance exchange. The room was packed, but the absence of elected officials was […]

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‘Cirugía Sin Fronteras’ provides low cost surgery to families in need

Despite the expansion of Medicaid and insurance subsidies for lower-income Americans through the Affordable Care Act, some working people are still falling through the cracks. This hole in medical coverage is perhaps most glaring in the case of expensive but life-saving surgeries. Cirugía Sin Fronteras (Surgery Without Borders) exclusively serves patients without health insurance. Operating through a network of Kern County healthcare […]

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