Mayor Eric Garcetti last week released a public service announcement encouraging low-income Angelenos to enroll their children in Medi-Cal.
“Every child in Los Angeles deserves good medical care – and no parent should have to worry about affordability when it comes to getting their children covered,” Garcetti said. “Expanding access to healthcare is part of building a stronger city and we have to make sure that no families are left behind.”
In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Health4All Kids – legislation that expanded Medi-Cal to every child in California under the age of 19, regardless of immigration status.
In California, an estimated 170,000 children are eligible for the Medi-Cal expansion. There are approximately 75,000 eligible children in Los Angeles County. Since May of this year, Garcetti’s office has been working with the Los Angeles Public Library, Clinica Romero and the Mexican Consulate to roll out information on how to enroll.
“Medi-Cal’s expansion to cover all children, regardless of immigration status, means peace of mind for more families,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, which funds the outreach efforts for Medi-Cal. “It means free preventive care and access to medical services for when their children get sick. This is why our collaboration with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and countless of other partners is so critical – because families need to get informed so that they can enroll their children right away.”
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