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A family with a host of health issues whose top breadwinner gets laid off. A woman out of work and desperate for care. A young man sick in bed who cant afford to see a doctor. These are the newly uninsured, who lived middle-class lifestyles but have joined the chronically poor in line at county health facilities. Here are their stories and their hopes in a series by The Modesto Bee and the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting based at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
For a long time, Laura and David Hinton were living their version of the American dream. But then David lost his job, and the family's health insurance. The Hintons found themselves grappling with impossible questions: How long should they wait out a fever before scheduling a doctors visit that might cost $125?
Each day, Juli Leavitt is reminded how her life has changed since the economic downturn. After she was laid off, the diabetic 61-year-old went without her medications. Unfortunately for Leavitt, and thousands others, her story is not uncommon.
Dr. Eric Ramos, chief medical officer of Doctors Medical Center, and health reporter Ken Carlson, answered questions today from our readers concerning health coverage in Stanislaus County. Click on the headline to see if any questions may have applied to you, and see what Dr. Ramos and Ken had to say. To see our series on health coverage, go to www.modbee.com/uninsured.