Outreach Effort Aims to Get Uninsured Enrolled in Healthcare

Ana Soltero arrived at La Placita Church on Sunday holding an envelope filled with documents and hoping for one thing: to get health coverage. She and her 20-year-old son, Alan Servin, had been receiving Medi-Cal but were mistakenly cut off last year. Now she was uninsured, feeling ill and wanting to see a doctor. "I came to see if you can help me with insurance," she told a volunteer.

Soltero was among dozens of uninsured Los Angeles County residents who went to the downtown L.A. church to get enrolled in public health insurance programs and find out where to seek care. The mobile enrollment event is an effort to extend the reach of the county's healthcare system and to reach people where they are — churches, schools and community groups. The goal is to hold ongoing enrollment events throughout the county in the lead up to the healthcare overhaul, which begins Jan. 1.

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Source: Los Angeles Times