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healthcareEvelyn Garcia is the only one of six siblings who has allergies. She is allergic to apples, walnuts, peaches and smoked turkey.

Her reactions are varied. Sometimes she gets hives all over her body. Other times she suffers from vomiting or diarrhea. She recently had an allergic reaction so bad that she fainted twice.

With the provision of health care reform that allows young adults up to age 26 to remain covered under their parents’ health insurance policy, Evelyn has been able to finish college while working two part-time jobs to cover basic expenses.

Since September 2010, some 250,000 young adults have been able to remain covered under their parents' policies, according to the nonprofit organization Children Now.
"I've been very lucky to have health insurance my whole life. For almost 26 years, my mom's insurance has covered the health problems I've had," said Evelyn, who was interviewed a few days before her 26th birthday.

health reformSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Clifford Roberson’s pain has persisted for a quarter century since the day he was unloading a truck in the rain with a forklift for his job at the California Almond Growers Exchange in downtown Sacramento. That’s when a co-worker ran into him with another forklift.

“I was young back then,” said Roberson, now age 51. “I jumped off the fork lift and started arguing and stuff.”

His supervisor sent him home for the rest of the day.

Miami, FL – Health Choice Network has been awarded a three-year $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the level of patient care through the expansion of health information technology at 32 participating community health centers in 11 states. Health Choice Network (HCN) is one of 37 health center controlled networks to receive the funding through the Affordable Care Act, announced by HRSA in December.

The grant will fund the expansion and meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR), as well as supporting technology-enabled quality-improvement strategies, health data aggregation and the establishment of health centers as patient centered medical homes. HCN provides its members with cost-effective health IT, training and support services to improve the efficiency and accessibility of care. The grant will impact a total of 154 delivery sites and more than 600,000 high-need patients in underserved communities.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Celisa Figueroa, 22, spends her days working full time at a coffee shop in San Diego to support herself and her two-year-old daughter. Still, she says without her mother’s health insurance, she would not have been able to undergo a necessary dental procedure that would have set her back almost $2000.

She is one of millions of young people across the country already benefiting from the health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).