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Raina Bell has been coming to this clinic in Sun Valley since she was 2. "She has autism and eating disorders and special concerns that go along with that," explains her mom, Bonnie Clark.

Now at age 18, she's doing well partly because of the care she's received at this Community Health Alliance clinic. "I like to, I like to make animation on my computer at home," says Raina.

This is National Community Health Centers Awareness Week. They're raising awareness of their services because when the Affordable Health Care act goes into affect, more people will have health insurance and more will be on Medicaid. Michael Johnson is head of the Community Health Alliance. "One of the problems we face in northern Nevada is there's not enough Medicaid providers. We have traditionally been a key provider of Medicaid services and there's going to be that many more people on Medicaid now who will be able to access services."

At clinics run by the Community Health Alliance, they have sliding fee pay scales. They take private insurance. They have electronic medical and dental records, Spanish speaking employees, WIC services, X-rays, laboratories and pharmacies with hugely discounted prices.

For Bonnie, who's also a patient here, this clinic has saved her tons of worry and money. "It's saved me a fortune and I couldn't get my medications without the benefits of the HAWC clinic. And their low prescription medicines so it's been great."

For more information about the Community Health Alliance, go to www.hawcinc.org

Written By Wendy Damonte
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