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Legislature should find budget money for New Orleans area health clinics: Editorial

Tulane University doctors launched a health clinic at Covenant House in New Orleans within days of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches in 2005. At the beginning, they were greeting patients at a card table in the courtyard of the agency that serves homeless teens. Within a year, the clinic had four exam rooms and had seen 8,000 patients.

By 2010, fueled by a $100 million federal grant, dozens of similar clinics were offering preventive health care in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes for low-income residents.

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