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College Students Wonder: What Is Obamacare?

DARRIN JOHNSON
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

With the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare, and President Obama being re-elected, Obamacare is now inevitability. Obamacare is an overhaul of our current healthcare system, which will bring changes such as expanded Medicare coverage, an expanded time period in which young adults can be on their parent’s healthcare coverage, and making it harder for insurance companies to deny people with pre-existing health conditions.

However, there is both a lack of the facts on Obamacare and quite a bit of misinformation as well. A quick Google search of Obamacare will reveal a plethora of websites dedicated to discrediting this attempt at health reform. If one were to go off of what they found on page one of a Google search for the term “Obamacare” they would not come away with an encouraging picture of what it will do.

President Obama Signing The Health Care Bill

President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House. March 23, 2010. Photo: Keith Ellison.

One segment of the American population that will be particularly affected are college students. Many are under 26 and are on their parent’s healthcare. Many college students will also be living with the changes that Obamacare will bring for many years. The individual parts of the new law will go affect incrementally. As a result, the full effect of it will not be felt until 2020.

Despite how much of an effect the law will have on college students, even they are not well informed on what Obamacare entails. This is not even taking into account whether or not students feel positively or negatively about it. It is rather about the lack of general knowledge on what it does.

The full text of what Obamacare includes can be found at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr3590/text. This is the actual bill, so the language used can be quite technical. A simplified, but not complete, overview of Obamacare can be found at http://obamacarefacts.com/affordable-care-act-facts.php

The “Driving” Force of Dentistry

TIMOTHY WHITFIELD and IAN TANG
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

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The colorful and cheerful Ostrow dental van, parked and ready to service the public.

Both Irene Reyna and Meyerer Miller smile intently after their interview of mobile dentistry
Photo by Timothy Whitfield

Southern California’s remote or under-served areas tend to be areas without dental services available.  This leaves many people to go without getting any dental care or attention.  The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has been providing care for these areas since 1968.  USC’s program now features many vans that include everything from sterilization to portable dental equipment.  The idea behind the Mobile Dental program was to originally serve the entire population that had difficulty receiving care, but now the program has taken a different approach and targets children.  The program first started serving migrant farm workers in between Bakersfield and the border, but now also serves low-income children as well. The school attacks the issue with their QueensCare Mobile Dental Program and Neighborhood Mobile Dental Clinic.  The QueensCare van has taught over 5,000 children in the Los Angeles area proper techniques for oral health care.  The Neighborhood dental van has provided quality care for over 15 elementary schools 10,000 kids.  Van visits to schools are invaluable because they offer professional care for no cost to these children.  The mobile vans that visit Los Angeles’s schools are meant to treat and increase awareness for children from kindergarten to fifth grade.  Before every child receives the free goodie bag they must learn what foods to stay away from while understanding how to brush and floss properly.  The service is available for visits and claims to be cheaper than other practices.  The students will operate on patients under the supervision of their teachers so both the students and the patients receive quality care.  Meyerer Miller and Irene Reyna are two people that spend their time every week to help sponsor events and coordinate oral health fares for the children of Los Angeles.  Having the opportunity to speak with them about the subject helps gain an understanding and respect not found online or in a packet.  Irene and Meyerer explain that the dental “vans” are not really vans. There is a smaller van named after these programs’ founder, Charlie, but most “vans” are large trailers containing a dental office with multiple dental workstations.

Among the three different mobile clinics programs, all of them have different sources that financially sustain the programs. Irene explains that the Mobile Dental Clinic is funded by several private organizations. QueensCare foundation steps in to fund the QueensCare Mobile Dental Clinic. Lastly, the Neighborhood Mobile Dental Van’s funds come from a Good Neighbor Campaign that collects donation from school faculty. Within the UCS’s introductory packet, Meyerer provides a detailed chart containing a synopsis of the amount of people serviced within the last decade. The packet also contained the “At a Glance” paperwork that summarizes a handful of the community health programs by which USC is affiliated.

A Shining Example

TIMOTHY WHITFIELD
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD
 

The University of Southern California, more commonly referred to as USC, is quite renowned for their medical treatment. Within USC, they have several schools dedicated to higher learning and medical practices. One school in particular has put forth an effort for the betterment of the community or anyone else whom would require their services. The “Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC” provides dental needs regardless of age and financial situation. A lot find it taxing to go to the dentist but USC offers patient care by highly trained dental students whom are closely supervised by expert faculty dentists. USC also has an array of specialized clinics that cater to everything from pediatric dentistry to braces even dental traumas.

The dental clinic on campus is available to the public. Anyone in need of dental services can be accepted for treatment. In fact, Harbor UCLA Medical Center highly recommends and refers its patients to USC’s dentistry school. Another positive factor that contributes to their dentistry appeal is that potential patients need not make an appointment. Dental issue urgency is recognized similarly to the local emergency room.

There are dozens of dental facilities sprawled around the Los Angeles area; however, the campus clinic claims to charge significantly less for all aspects of their dentistry. In comparison to other dental offices in the general area, USC provides equivalent high-quality service in a state-of-the-art facility at a reduced rate. Their website provides further details on the extent of their services and costs. The facility hours of operation and other concerns can also be found on the website.

Felicia Lewis, A current USC dentistry patient, had this to say:

               “My mother used to go there and her teeth were always beautiful, so when I was referred I jumped at the thought of having great dental care at little cost…. I honestly have nothing negative to say about USC’s medical clinic, Go over to USC and they’ll hook you up.”