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LAHealth4All Coalition Makes My Health LA Program Recommendations to DHS

Posted by Anulkah Thomas, Health Coverage Policy Analyst on May 26th, 2015
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To date more than 100,000 Los Angeles county residents have enrolled in My Health LA (MHLA), a county program that provides health care to the remaining uninsured not eligible for other health coverage like Medi-Cal or Covered California.  Based on their April 8, 2015 report to the County Board of Supervisors’ health deputies, the Department of Health Services (DHS) expects enrollment to reach between 130,000 and 136,000 by the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2015).
While the high levels of participation in the young program are encouraging – especially considering DHS did not formally market MHLA – there are several issues advocates have identified as areas for improvement heading into the 2015-2016 fiscal year. In late March, the LAHealth4All coalition sent a letter to DHS director Dr. Mitch Katz offering recommendations on how to address these issues going forward. Specifically, LAHealth4All urges DHS to: 

  • Request increased funding in order to accommodate enrollment beyond the current capacity limit (146,000) and meet the demand for medical and dental services;
  • Expand enrollment venues beyond participating clinics in order to ensure equitable access to the program;
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive plan for consumer-focused outreach and engagement;
  • Establish a data committee to determine what information should be collected, how it should be analyzed and disseminated, and ensure data collection and public reporting remain a priority; and
  • Implement program changes that will improve coordination of care.

 The full letter is available here.  A group of LAHealth4All advocates met with DHS staff who indicated that they are exploring ways to improve the program.

For insight on how the program is working for some participants, read or listen to this recent KPCC news story. For more information on MHLA, please see the My Health LA website or contact Community Health Councils’ Policy Analyst, Anulkah Thomas at anulkah@chc-inc.org.

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