Adrian Tapia and his wife Ana faced more than fear after Adrian was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. Between the doctor visits, the scans, surgery and rehabilitation, paperwork had to be filled out. Treatments required a two-hour-plus drive each way back and forth from the Imperial Valley to San Diego.
Author: Robert Fulton
UMMA community clinic proves essential resource for better health in South Los Angeles.
Considering the prospects of a United States single-payer health care system, physician Matthew Hendrickson quipped: “Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else.”
Ben Hall, a self-employed musician and music teacher living in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, pays for his own health insurance — $185 a month to Anthem. He’s also one of the millions of Americans who recently received a letter in the mail from his insurance provider canceling his plan at the end of the year because it doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for coverage set forth by the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Lemmon McMillan has practiced medicine in South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities since 1976. During the last 37 years he’s seen thousands of patients, many reflecting the community at large: Minority, working class. Currently managing a small family practice, McMillan provides a health care service in an area of Los Angeles widely accepted as being underserved.
With a health insurance marketplace, or exchange, open and ready for business in California, consumers now have access to a number of options when considering health care coverage — including the phone.
ObamaCare 101 sessions are educating the staff of community clinics and community-based health organizations in the basic tenets of health care reform.
Electronic health records are expected to play a key role in bettering health care in the United States — clinics are adopting them, but not without some problems along the way.
When Ema Rowe found out that she was pregnant with her third child, her physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center referred the South Los Angeles resident to Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center. Rowe soon entered Eisner’s centering pregnancy program at the clinic’s main location in downtown Los Angeles. A nurse called her after noticing she had been a little depressed at a recent centering pregnancy class.
Rosie Nava-Bermudez decided that the Imperial Valley didn’t have enough resources for children and their families. So she created one herself – a place where kids can play while their parents build community.