Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series about the effects of the Obama administration's health-care reform on Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley health-care providers and their patients.
When Sonia Munguia knocked on the door of the Huntington Beach Community Clinic two years ago, she had no insurance, little money and a set of medical results from Mexico.
The Stanton resident had called clinics around Southern California after discovering a lump in her breast, but they rejected her as being too young for their free-treatment programs. Eventually, she became so desperate that she drove to Tijuana for a mammogram and ultrasound.
Shortly after she returned, a friend pointed her to the Huntington Beach clinic, where she was able to get an appointment within two days. Through a program the clinic runs with the breast cancer awareness nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Munguia was able to have another mammogram and ultrasound for $25. The results showed that she had cancer, and staff connected her to an oncologist in the community.