By Ana B. Ibarra
Published: June 11, 2015
Two years ago, Merced resident Adelina Hernandez was forced to quit her job in the fields.
A sharp pain on her left side made it difficult for her to crouch down or do any heavy lifting.
She knew medical attention was necessary, but without health insurance, a clinic visit would cost her more than half a day’s earnings – something she and her husband, who also works in the fields, could not afford.
She found herself postponing medical attention, until the pain became unbearable, she said.
Hernandez, 38, is one of an estimated 24,000 undocumented immigrants...