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Got health care?

Not all students are fortunate enough to have access to regular healthcare.

City College Health Services Center in Rodda North. Photo by || Vincent Fernandez

For City College students who do not have health insurance, one option is the Health Services Office in Rodda North. Medical screenings, counseling and insurance information are provided to the student population free of charge.

City College Nurse Jeff Christian, P.H.N., said the Health Center provides screenings for measuring blood pressure, fat and body measurements, and even tuberculosis. For students without insurance, this helps provide basic medical reviews in tough economic times.

“It’s hard,” said Christian. “We’ve seen a lot of county clinics closing or cutting their hours because of the economy.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform of 2010, has changed insurance policies. Students will no longer be turned away from health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Wendy Gomez, M.S.N, who has been a City College Nurse for three years, stressed the importance of students exploring their insurance options.

“If [a student without health insurance] were to be in an accident or get severely ill, they will be held liable for the amount of hospital fees, [which] can be quite large,” said Gomez.

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Furthermore, Gomez said she is constantly updating the Community Resources information in the Health Services section of City Colleges’ website. This information includes urgent care facilities and their contact and price information.

Aside from providing screenings, the Health Services department also provides counseling that can address anything from symptoms to stress.

“[Health counseling] is always fun,” said Christian, “because, you know, [students] come in to check blood pressure, and before you know it, they’re telling you their whole life story.”

According to Christian, students dealing with stress or depression really need a third party to hear them out. Without insurance, basic counseling for those who really need it would often be unattainable.

The 2011 Health Fair set for April 28, which both Christian and Gomez are organizing on campus, will also help students find the right health insurance option.

“We have close to 50 organizations from our community that offer services to people [without] insurance, and also a lot of people from the allied health programs… [the screenings and medical advice is] all confidential,” Gomez said.

More information on student insurance options can be accessed at Health Services on the City Colleges website, or by calling Health Services at (916) 558-2367.

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