Fifty-eight percent of the clients at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Health Center haven’t had health insurance.
Clinic Director Angie Wilson says the clinic could only offer limited services, and outside services like X-rays were unaffordable. Wilson says the Medicaid expansion changes that.
"Now they have access to services outside of this clinic that don’t necessarily hit them in the pocket book," says Wilson.
Wilson says 17 percent of the clinic's clients are now on Medicaid and the number is growing. As a result, the clinic is able to expand services to include X-rays, cardiology, mammography and eye screening.
More Health Care Coverage
Covered California says its recent enrollment numbers show more Latinos and young people signed up this year.
The Nevada state health exchange is calling this year’s open enrollment a success, with nearly twice the number of enrollees in half the amount of time as last year.
Sunday is the deadline to sign up for a new health insurance plan if you’re buying your own. Covered California says there will be hundreds of enrollment events around the state to give people in-person help.
California chronic disease patients say new trends in insurance coverage for prescription drugs are discriminatory.
Californians may be able to save money if they switch from COBRA health coverage to Covered California plans.
The number of Californians getting health care through Medi-Cal is approaching one-third of the state population.