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Getting coverage for the uninsured is a big part of the federal health-care reform, which goes into effect Jan. 1. Those just getting insured could require a huge amount of care and referrals, which stands to overburden providers until the system stabilizes.

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Patients without insurance often only go to the doctor when they’re sick, and they readily choose the easiest, nearest option — the local emergency room. A big part of health care reform is to encourage patients to get preventive care with a primary-care physician.

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The challenges of serving the uninsured population (1 in 5 residents) of Santa Barbara County are many. Noozhawk.com reporters will examine changes or new challenges the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will bring to caring for this population.

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