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Uninsured receive free protection from flu
Merced Sun-Star

Santiago Sandoval has been uninsured for the past two years after losing his job. The 56-year-old is a casualty of the dismal economy that has left many out of work. Merced County’s unemployment rate was 16 percent last month. When the Merced resident lost his construction job, his health care coverage vanished as well. Since then, Sandoval has submitted several job applications but hasn’t had any luck. “The economy is slow,” he said in Spanish. “There’s not a lot of construction” going on.