At the urging of One LA
, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to preserve and enhance healthcare for 146,000 low-income and undocumented residents. Several years ago, One LA
was instrumental in the formation and implementation of My Health LA (MHLA). This innovative program provides health services to LA County residents who do not have access to other government health programs due to their immigration status.
In November, the Board voted to authorize the Director of Health Services to execute agreements that will preserve and strengthen the My Health LA (MHLA) program. This will ensure that MHLA will continue to provide health services for over 146,000 people in LA County who do not otherwise have access to health insurance. The agreements ensure that access to vital preventative care services will continue and also include increased funding for community clinics.
One LA leaders and allies from St. John's Well Child and Family Center, Clinica Romero and the Building Healthy Communities effort in Boyle Heights testified in support of the program's preservation.
The Board of Supervisors also voted to direct the Director of Mental Health to come up with a funding plan for providing mental health services to MHLA patients at primary care settings. This is a major step forward toward increasing access to mental health services, which has been a big priority for One LA. Leaders recognized Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Katherine Barger for introducing the motion, and the entire Board of Supervisors for addressing the need for increased access to mental health services.