NEWS RELEASE
                                                                     MARCH 28, 2014

 

Local Organizations Team Up to Meet Obamacare Deadline

As the March 31 deadline for Affordable Care Act enrollment quickly approaches,
eight South L.A. community and health organizations work together to make sure
Angelenos sign up in time.

Eight different organizations have come together to help South L.A. residents sign up for health insurance through the Covered California insurance exchange as well as Medi-Cal, County programs and others.  The churches, community health centers, labor unions, and community-based organizations will hold a health fair and health insurance enrollment event on the campus of the historic First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles on Saturday, March 29.  Founded in 1872, it is the oldest African American church in the city of Los Angeles.

This event, open to all, will target the so-far under-enrolled populations of Latinos and African Americans.  Covered California statistics show that during the first four months of health care sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act, African Americans accounted for only 2.7% of all California enrollments in both subsidized and unsubsidized health insurance.  Yet African Americans make up 6.2% of Californians and 9.6% of Angelenos.  Much has been made in the media of the low rate of enrollment by Latinos, who make up 37.6% of Californians and 48.5% of Angelenos.  Statewide Latino enrollment accounted for only 21.4% of total California enrollees for the October through January period. 

“This event is part of our mission - to go beyond the walls of the church and into the community to serve the health, economic and social needs of community members,” said Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, Senior Minister at FAME Church.

“I thank all these organizations for working together to help South LA residents,” said Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), who will attend. “This event is part of our mission - to go beyond the walls of the church and into the community to serve the health, economic and social needs of community members.” 

In addition to signing up for health insurance, those attending will have access to

      • a healthy food truck
      • high blood pressure screening
      • education on diabetes, asthma and lead contamination
      • flu vaccinations
      • poison prevention information
      • dental health screening

Entertainment and fun activities will make it easy for parents to focus on getting health insurance while children bounce and make craft projects
 
When: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9:00am to 2:00pm

Where: First A.M.E. Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, 90018

What: Health Fair and ObamaCare Enrollment Event

Who:
First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles (FAME) will host the street fair at
2270 S. Harvard Blvd, near Adams and Western. 

Ministerial Alliance of Southern California A.M.E. Churches is coordinating outreach about Covered California for all of its congregations, including First A.M.E. Church.

One L.A. is a county–wide organization of congregations, schools and non-profits that work together for social and economic change. One L.A. launched its healthcare enrollment strategy 12 months ago.  Since that time, One L.A. has helped thousands of families to enroll in public and private health coverage.

Let's Get Healthy South Los Angeles is a coalition of community based organizations and community health centers on the frontlines of ensuring that every resident in South Los Angeles has access to healthcare.

The collaborative includes:

  • Community Coalition
  • St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
  • SEIU / United Healthcare Workers
  • The Brotherhood Crusade
  • Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers

Download Publicity Flyers for the event in English and Spanish.