L.A. Care CEO John Baackes testified before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today in support of a motion to develop a "public insurance option" for all Californians. The board approved the motion, which was introduced by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
The motion was designed to protect the Affordable Care Act, as part of contingency plans by California lawmakers to counter the Trump Administration's continuing attacks on health care. The motion called for the development of a public option, establishment of an individual mandate to purchase health insurance and development of a prevention-focused trust fund — all for the state of California.
For more information about the public option, read the opinion piece by Baackes, "From confusion to solution in health care — the public option in Los Angeles", that was published in The Hill on March 27.
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L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.