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Community Health Clinics Are Struggling Financially Since the Coronavirus Hit LA

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A woman waits outside of Community Hospital of Huntington Park on April 2, 2020. Chava Sanchez/LAist
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Community health clinics provide health care to Southern California’s most vulnerable populations. But the pandemic is threatening their ability to stay afloat.

One in six Californians depend on community health clinics for basic care. And many clinics depend on government reimbursement through Medi-Cal to pay the bills.

But since the pandemic started, clinics have seen a huge drop in patient visits, and simultaneously, an increase in expenses.

Many are worried about how much longer they can keep their doors open.

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