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For Homeless Women, Health Insurance Not Enough

Rochelle Gibson arrived on Skid Row in bad shape. She’d twisted her ankle on a curb and lost a front tooth in a fight. Alone and fresh from jail, Gibson had no identification or place to sleep.

The Anne Douglas Center for Women told Gibson she could stay if she got a physical, and then led her across the street to the LA Christian Health Centers clinic. That was five months ago.

“I needed four fillings,” Gibson said, opening wide and pointing to her teeth. Two have been filled, and the others should be fixed by Christmas. “Then I’ll be able to smile again.”