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Affordable Care Act: Officials court Coachella Valley students
The Desert Sun

Ignacio Aguilar, 21, was driving in a truck with his dad when the tires exploded and it rolled over. The car accident left the Thousand Palms resident more shaken up than pained, but he was bleeding and was taken to the hospital. The accident changed his life because of the huge pile of bills for a young adult that he was stuck with after the hospital visit.

Uninsured at the time, he would have had to pay $6,000 out-of-pocket. Instead, he signed up for Medi-Cal and was able to get the coverage on his own through a retroactive policy.