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Cristian Rodriguez, PA-C, Shares Barriers to Health Care for Burton Heights Residents

Worrying about calling in to work in the face of a medical emergency because the costs of the visit will be more than this month’s rent. Fearing the questions the doctor may ask that could potentially jeopardize one’s ability to remain in the United States. These are just some of the many concerns residents living in the communities found along South Division Avenue in the Burton Heights and Garfield Park neighborhoods are faced with every day when attempting to address their health concerns.

For some residents in Burton Heights and Garfield Park, these concerns stem from barriers faced when dealing with documentation. Although the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped increase access to health care for many Michiganders, undocumented residents and those who have work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, individuals brought to the United States at a very young age  without any legal status by their parents or legal guardians, are unable to purchase health insurance via the marketplace set up by the ACA.

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