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Healthcare reform helps Oakland clinic meet huge demand

When Sherry Hirota learned that healthcare reform meant community clinics like hers would be expected to double their capacity, she wasn’t surprised. “Across the board, it was understood that health centers would be called upon to be the work horse to expand,” said Hirota, the Executive Director of Asian Health Services in Oakland. They had the know-how to deal with the health issues that tend to afflict the uninsured and under-insured. There was just one problem – and it was a big one.