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Jason Zellman talks to daughter Alexis, 5, as they pick up his wife, Penny, from her job at a pharmacy. Alexis and her sister, Julia, received treatment last year at the free Remote Area Medical clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Now Penny Zellman has health benefits from her job.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

The Zellmans spend time together in their home. Before last year's clinic, Penny Zellman hadn't seen a doctor in three years. But she spent the day getting care for Alexis, 5, and Julia, 9. “I’m just holding on until I get the insurance, hoping and praying,” Zellman said at the time.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Jason and Penny Zellman help daughter Alexis, 5, at bedtime. Penny took Alexis and her sister to get care at the clinic last year. Her needs had to wait.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Alexis Zellman, 5, left, plays blind while dropping off her sister, Julia, 9, at a Girl Scout meeting. both girls were treated last year at the free clinic held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Now their mother has insurance through her employer, St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Alexis Zellman, 5, greets a giant Bubba Gump shrimp as her father, Jason, looks on.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Mike Kilgore sits in his truck after the long drive to his dentist appointment at the VA. He needs multiple root canals, but his veteran’s insurance won’t cover them.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Mike Kilgore freshens up in the parking lot before his dental appointment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Mike Kilgore opens wide during an appointment at a veteran's dental clinic in North Hills. He needs multiple root canals, but veteran’s insurance won’t pay because the decay is not related to his Navy service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Mike Kilgore gets examined at a VA clinic. Kilgore got two cavities filled at the RAM free clinic last year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Mike Kilgore takes a moment as he tries to determine why his refrigerator stopped working inside the RV he calls home in Lancaster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Dedon Kamathi, 61, an unemployed real estate appraiser, works out at a track in an attempt to stay healthy. At last year's free health clinic, he was able to get eyeglasses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Dedon Kamathi, 61, stretches during his workout. He bought health insurance when he worked as a property appraiser, paying about $450 a month. He dropped it 10 years ago when work dried up.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Dedon Kamathi tried to get cavities filled at last year's clinic, but before he could get through the line, the last dentist left. Kamathi has been waiting to see a dentist ever since. “It’s either do my teeth or pay my rent or buy food,” he said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

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Thousands lined up last year before dawn outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena, hoping to get the healthcare they could not afford. One woman needed help herself, but spent the precious hours at the free medical clinic getting care for her two daughters. Another man got his teeth worked on, but found out he needed multiple root canals. Yet another got eye glasses at the Remote Area Medical clinic, but couldn’t get through the line for dental work before the last volunteer dentist left. As they left the clinic, many wondered where they would go when their health gave out again. We visit some of the patients who got help last year. Since then, some found jobs with benefits. Others are still waiting for relief.

2 Comments

  1. October 15, 2011, 7:01 pm

    But he smokes!! We need to teach people what makes them sick.

    By: shauskins@gmali.com
  2. July 27, 2012, 8:49 am

    Free Health clinics saved my life. I found myself without a job and without health insurance for the first time in my life. A friend told me about http://free-clinics.com/. I was able to find a free health clinic within 15 minutes of my home. I saw the doctor and got a prescription. Within 3 weeks I was feeling so much better. I didn't even know that free health clinics existed all over. I thought that they were confined to depressed areas- I was so wrong..thankfully! At free-clinics.com I was also able to get a free discount drug card which I now use to help afford my blood pressure medications. If anyone finds themselves in need of medical care and without health insurance or with very poor coverage, free-clinics can help you.__It is so important, especially oin these tough economic times for free health care to be provided to americans.

    By: terence

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