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The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic still serves people living on the fringes in San Francisco. This radio story recounts its 51-year history.
The clinics, which serve many poor people, are tightening spending in case Congress doesn’t approve new funding for them before the government’s 2018 fiscal year starts Sunday. California has the most at stake.
California lawmakers adopted a drug price transparency bill and several other key health care measures as their legislative session ended last week, but they pushed off decisions on some big-name proposals such as single-payer health care.
Dismantling Obamacare could force layoffs and shrink local business revenues in small, rural towns in California and beyond.
The office of State Treasurer John Chiang said the money is an “emergency” response to federal health care cuts being proposed in Washington.
The bill signals California’s willingness to pay those providers regardless of federal changes but does not guarantee the funding.
Legislation would require minimum staffing levels, longer intervals between patients and more frequent state inspections.
In a region where bears outnumber people, a small medical facility sets a modern example for hospitals on life support.
These clinics have long provided health care to low-income patients and enjoyed expansion under the Affordable Care Act. With repeal looming, the centers’ doctors worry about what’s next.
Since it opened 50 years ago, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic has been a refuge for everyone from flower children to famous rock stars to Vietnam War veterans returning home addicted to heroin.