California Hospital Workers Pitch Obamacare To ER Patients

O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif., is encouraging uninsured patients to sign up for coverage in the emergency room.i i

hide captionO’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif., is encouraging uninsured patients to sign up for coverage in the emergency room.


Sarah Varney for NPR

O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif., is encouraging uninsured patients to sign up for coverage in the emergency room.

O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif., is encouraging uninsured patients to sign up for coverage in the emergency room.

Sarah Varney for NPR

Angela Felan is sitting in the ER waiting room at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif. A blue surgical mask covers her nose and mouth, and a sweatshirt is pulled snug over her head.

She first came into the emergency room a few days ago with what she thought was bronchitis. The doctor prescribed an inhaler that cost her $56.

Felan, 31, works part time in retail and hasn’t had insurance for at least a decade because she hasn’t been able to afford it. “Unfortunately even not having insurance is just as expensive,” she says.

Felan has heard of the state’s insurance exchange, called Covered California, but she worries that coverage will still be pricey. She’s unsure whether

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/14/262099098/uninsured-patients-get-obamacare-pitch-at-california-er?ft=1&f=131849999

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