People flood into health centers to get screenings before January 1

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POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 9:57am

News reports say people in the US have been flooding into their doctor's offices because they believe that their health screenings, tests and even specialists may not be covered in their health insurance plans under the new 2014 health law. 

But in the lower Rio Grande Valley, not too many people seem to be concerned with the fact that their coverage might not be the same after January 1.

"That is not the case here at Brownsville Community Health Center because we do have a charge with screenings, we have a charge for labs, for vaccines and everything, so that won't be the case here," said Brownsville Community Health Center outreach representative Noe Flores.

But even if those screenings and labs could be covered at no additional cost now, Flores says that there are five essential things every plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace will have regardless:

"Maternity, prescribed medication, doctor visits, preventive care and hospitalization. So regardless of whether or not you get an insurance, Brownsville Community Health Center will still be taking in the patients."

And while there's a chance you could have to pay more to keep the same plan or the same doctor, it's best to apply now:

"I recommend that people who want to apply through the mail, and if they want us to help them here at Brownsville Community Health Center, to come in and apply now," said Flores. "The due date is March thirty first, but they are taking from four to six weeks to give a response so I suggest you take that time and come in and visit us any day from 8-5 at the Brownsville Community Health Center."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23. 

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