California Health Report talked to L.A. Care's Director of Safety Net Programs and Partnerships, Alison Klurfeld, in "Fewer Low-Income Kids Are Getting Vision Check-Ups, But L.A. Pilot Program May Help". The article featured the efforts of a mobile vision pilot program that visited more than 1,200 schools in 25 districts throughout Los Angeles County. The program provided more than 31,000 eye exams and 24,000 eyeglasses to low-income children from January 2015 to June of this year.
The state funded the $2 million program, which was overseen by L.A. Care and Health Net, in conjunction with the Los Angeles-based charitable organization Vision to Learn. The pilot reached out to kids who were not receiving vision services on a regular basis, even though they qualified for those benefits under the Medi-Cal program.
"This can be a hard-to-reach population, and Vision To Learn had a new way of reaching them," said Alison Klurfeld, L.A. Care's director of safety net programs and partnerships. She noted that many of the kids have parents who may not be able to take them to eye-care appointments due to work conflicts.
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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.