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The Associated Press referenced Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of health policy and management, in a report on his research that shows healthcare systems in the U.S. are largely unprepared to deal with aging immigrants
Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer.
The Chicago woman’s last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care as a Mexican immigrant without permission to live in the U.S. She’s not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or Affordable Care Act coverage. As a child care worker, she didn’t have employer coverage. She can’t afford private insurance.
But things may soon change.