Governor Gavin Newsom released his May Revision to the 2022-2023 State Budget today, which continues to demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to advancing health equity. We are thrilled by the Governor’s inclusion of $60 million over four years for the Health Enrollment Navigators Project, one of Community Health Councils’ key policy priorities.
This year, we are proud co-sponsors of a budget ask in support of Community Health Navigators with our partners at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network; Maternal and Child Health Access; and Asian Resources, Inc and championed by Assemblymember Arambula. As we celebrate this month’s expansion of Medi-Cal to all income-eligible adults over age 50, regardless of immigration status, we reaffirm our commitment to investing in outreach and education that takes place in the community and is led by trusted community members like health navigators. Read more about our budget ask here.
For more than twenty years, Community Health Councils has provided navigation services to low-income communities of color in Los Angeles County. Our Community Navigators provide support on eligibility, enrollment, accessing care, and troubleshooting a wide array of issues that come up in the health coverage system. By investing in community-based outreach strategies, we can increase access to care in California, and support better communities for all people.
We look forward to working with the Administration and the Legislature on this proposal and ensuring that community health navigators can continue their essential work.
Additionally, on Tuesday, May 17 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hear a motion in support of Community Health Navigators. Join Community Health Councils in calling in to the meeting on May 17 at 9:30am to share your support for navigators.
Access the Board agenda and participation information here: Agenda (lacounty.gov)