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Affordable health care a challenge for many in Baltimore's growing Latino community

Affordable health care a challenge for many in Baltimore's growing Latino community

Cecilia Ramirez is worried about her weight and troubling symptoms that hint of diabetes, but she won't seek medical help because she can't afford it.

"I don't go to the doctor when I'm sick — it's too expensive," she said.

Though she works in sales at an insurance agency in Highlandtown, an East Baltimore neighborhood that has seen an influx of Hispanic immigrants in recent years, Ramirez, 23, has no health insurance.

Her predicament is shared by thousands of Hispanic immigrants in East Baltimore, and millions nationally, who cannot afford regular medical services and are uninsured because they lack the benefits attached to legal U.S. residency and...

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