Healthcare coverage is an issue that weighs heavily on Alfred Luevano's family.
Luevano, 35, of Boyle Heights came to the Healthcare Partners Medical Clinic on Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park for a medical checkup, but also wanted answers about Obamacare. The federal healthcare overhaul, after years of debate, officially opened enrollment on Tuesday in state health insurance exchanges, with California looking to play a lead role.
Luevano said his mother, who is 56, has high blood pressure and doesn't have health insurance. His father, who is 60, is unemployed, and the family has had to scrape money together to pay for medical care.
Obamacare, he said, could be the answer they have been waiting for.
"Nobody wants to see their parents fade away," he said.
Romero, who is studying recording engineering at Long Beach City College, said he has had to turn to friends for help with his medical expenses.
He's hoping that the launch of the California program, called Covered California, will help him get the coverage he needs.
"Healthcare is crucial to ending homelessness," said Turk, who added that her clients don't know when their next meal will be or where they'll sleep at night. "Our population is dealing with many challenges and urgent issues."
--Times staff writers Alicia Banks, James Barragan, Kristina Bui, Paresh Dave, Saba Hamedy, Soumya Karlamangla, Ryan Menezes and Jon Schleuss contributed to this report.