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Reaching out to the undocumented and uninsured

Since Maria Alfaro and her family came to California from El Salvador eight years ago, getting sick has not been an option. Alfaro has no health insurance. Neither does her husband, who works in the fields in rural Mecca, about 40 miles east of Palm Springs. Their 16-year-old son is in the same situation. Scraping by on about $1,000 a month, they can’t afford private coverage. And they don’t qualify for most public programs because they are undocumented immigrants.