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