NBC Talks to L.A. Care as Clinics Fear Federal Funding Cut

Thursday, February 8, 2018

NBC News featured L.A. Care CEO John Baackes in a piece about the months-long debate over federal spending that caused a government shutdown and is putting America's community health centers at risk. If Congress does not make a decision about funding community health centers, the clinics face a 70 percent cut that puts the health of 23 to 27 million Americans in danger. 

That funding is really the only way those clinics can keep the doors open.

--John Baackes
CEO, L.A. Care

Authorization of federal funds for community health centers expired last September as Congress could not agree on a spending deal. Clinics will run out of federal dollars next month, if the House and Senate cannot agree on a current two-year proposal that would keep the doors open for millions of low-income children and families.

About L.A. Care Health Plan

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-CalL.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.