The swine flu outbreak, coupled with millions of uninsured Americans, has doctors worrying that some people won't get the protection they need from the virus because of the cost.
It's a fear two Democrats in Congress are trying to address. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Lois Capps are introducing legislation that would pay for temporary medical treatment for uninsured people during a public health emergency.
In a flu epidemic, the uninsured have few options. They can flood emergency rooms or self-medicate and hope for the best. Many might not be aware they can also go to a federally-funded community health center and see a doctor or nurse for little or no cost.
Capps says there shouldn't be financial barriers "that keep people from getting care when an epidemic is sweeping the community."
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