Faith community mobilizes over 100 people to attend an enrollment and empowerment event in LA On March 23, LA Voice and St. Agatha Church are hosting an enrollment and education event as a part of a National Day of Action in celebration of the four-year signing anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). LA Voice and nine other PICO California federations will partner with the congregations we serve and health coalition allies to provide opportunities for attendees to learn more about eligibility requirements, financial assistance options, and to complete healthcare applications on site. On Sunday, participating PICO California member congregations of multiple faiths will reach more than 27,500 members in communities across the state.
In Los Angeles, LA Voice has 26 member congregations, and together we are seeking to help all uninsured members of our community obtain access to affordable health care, including those currently ineligible for ACA. LA Voice has helped to enroll over 650 individuals so far—many of whom will share success stories—yet in every community there are people who remain uninsured and excluded from access to the health care they deserve. Certified Enrollment Counselors from Covered California, QueensCare Clinics and California Association of Health Underwriters will be on-site to answer questions and assist with enrollment in Medi-Cal, Covered California and Healthy Way LA’s Unmatched Program. The event is free and open to the public.
PICO federations mobilized thousands of religious leaders across the country to pressure Congress to pass the healthcare law, and now we’re marshalling the same commitment to ensure that it works for every American regardless of economic status, race or place of residence. PICO California’s faith-based federations have already reached out to nearly 83,000 people to provide education and enrollment assistance since the marketplace opened in October. We are committed to seeing the process through until the promise of the Affordable Care Act is fulfilled.
A substantial portion of the remaining uninsured include 2.6 million aspiring Americans in the state of California who are not eligible for health insurance under ACA. According to the 2014 Public Policy Institute Statewide Survey, 58 percent of residents support the state government making its own policies—separate from the federal government—to address the needs of aspiring Americans. PICO California federations support SB 1005 (Lara) which would allow all Californians to get the same levels of access to and afford care, regardless of immigration status. We believe our health system is stronger when all Californians are included.