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Health center sees influx of patients

After fielding phone calls, emails and face-to-face meetings with 3,997 people, the Petaluma Health Center is welcoming a slew of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act this month.

Of the nearly 4,000 who spoke with the health center’s certified enrollment counselors about health insurance options, 558 local residents signed up for a plan using the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, between October and December.