Delta College opens health center for the uninsured and underinsured

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The center will provide non-emergency medical, dental and behavioral care to Delta College students and their dependents.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Students at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton now have a new option to receive non-emergency medical, dental, and behavioral care.

A ribbon was cut Friday at the college’s new health center run by the nonprofit Stockton Community Medical Centers. The new center, located in the college’s Locke Building, aims to help uninsured and underinsured students and their dependents.

“We are thrilled with this partnership,” said Dr. Lisa Aguilera-Lawrenson, president of Delta College. “To be a successful student we need to make sure the whole student is served and that’s really necessary for a lot of our students who are coming out of the pandemic, lost their jobs, don’t have access to healthcare — we want to make sure the whole student is supported so they can succeed.”

The five-year partnership between Community Medical Centers and Delta College, which led to the opening of the center, was signed by the two organizations last year.

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For Bianka Aguilar, a high school student who is also taking classes at Delta College, the new clinic gives her and her classmates an easier opportunity to get help.

“Students here at Delta College have the option of having financial aid and medical aid as well,” Aguilar said. “It’s a really big thing for the school and for the community.”

At the center, students and their dependents can receive vaccinations, family planning and birth control resources, physical exams and athletic clearances, psychiatric treatment and care, and reproductive health care.

Although the clinic accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare and some private insurance plans, officials say some center services will be offered free depending on the student’s household size and income.

Discounts on travel costs are also available for some students using the center. College officials say the cost of services at the center will depend on the student’s circumstances.

“This is a great opportunity for our students as they will receive free health care for underinsured and uninsured students and their dependents,” Dr. Aguilera-Lawrenson said. “It’s wonderful when the community can come together and we can do something on behalf of the community as partners.”

The health center will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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