People Who Are Still Uninsured May Turn To Community Clinics

Dr. Cheryl Focht checks a patient's eyes at Mary's Center, a federally funded health clinic in Washington, D.C.i i

hide captionDr. Cheryl Focht checks a patient’s eyes at Mary’s Center, a federally funded health clinic in Washington, D.C.


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Dr. Cheryl Focht checks a patient's eyes at Mary's Center, a federally funded health clinic in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Cheryl Focht checks a patient’s eyes at Mary’s Center, a federally funded health clinic in Washington, D.C.

Heather Rousseau/NPR

If you’re uninsured, you may have run out of time. Monday was the official deadline to sign up for health insurance on the marketplaces or face a penalty, unless you were already in line for enrollment.

Still, people who missed the cutoff have options to get the health care services they need, though they may not be simple or assured.

About 16 percent of Americans still lack health insurance, according to a Gallup survey conducted in February. As of mid-March, 50 percent of the uninsured said they didn’t plan to buy insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s poll. The survey also found that six in 10 of the uninsured didn’t know the deadline to buy a plan was approaching.

At Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, a community health center with

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