LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today released a public service announcement encouraging low-income Angelenos to enroll their children in Medi-Cal.
“Every child in Los Angeles deserves good medical care — and no parent should have to worry about affordability when it comes to getting their children covered,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Expanding access to healthcare is part of building a stronger city, and we have to make sure that no families are left behind.”
In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Health4All Kids — legislation authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara — which expanded Medi-Cal to every child in California under the age of 19, regardless of immigration status.
In California, an estimated 170,000 children are eligible for the Medi-Cal expansion. There are approximately 75,000 eligible children in Los Angeles County. Since May of this year, Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has been working with the Los Angeles Public Library, Clinica Romero, and the Mexican Consulate to roll out information on how to enroll. These efforts have been supported by the California Endowment.
“Medi-Cal’s expansion to cover all children, regardless of immigration status, means peace of mind for more families,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, President & CEO, The California Endowment. “It means free preventive care and access to medical services for when their children get sick. This is why our collaboration with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and countless of other partners is so critical — because families need to get informed so that they can enroll their children right away.”
“Clinica Romero strongly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to have health coverage and health access,” said Sandra Rossato, Executive Director of Clinica Romero. “Making health coverage a priority for children in the City of Los Angeles in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles Public Libraries, and the Mexican Consulate is indicative of our commitment for every child.”
These PSAs will be shown at the following sites:
- Clinica Romero
- Kheir Clinic
- Consulate General of Guatemala
- Consulate General of El Salvador
- Consulate General of Mexico
- Consulate General of The Philippines
Families looking to enroll, can find the nearest clinic visiting:
English and Spanish PSA: