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State has healthy jump on affordable care
San Francisco Chronicle

For years after Rachelle Hammond was diagnosed with COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – her routine treatment strategy was a visit to the emergency room.

Hammond, 54, was uninsured and could not afford the necessary medications or regular trips to a doctor’s office. So when the disease got so bad that she “couldn’t breathe,” she would head to the ER at a local public hospital in Arkansas, where she then lived. That happened, she said, about once or twice a month.