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The Question: How can former inmates sign up for the Affordable Care Act?
Conrad Harris works in a bare-bones office on the second floor of a City Heights church. The organization he works for, Coming Home to Stay, helps former jail and prison inmates rebuild their lives in City Heights and southeastern San Diego.
“Getting insured may be, like, No. 3 on the list as far as re-entering society,” Harris said. “First is you have to have some place to stay, second is you need some type of income to maintain the roof over your head, and then comes insurance.”
Harris may have been a bit generous with his list knowing there was a health reporter in the room. He later said his clients often shy away from the insurance question altogether because they lack reading skills and are intimidated by all the jargon.
By Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego