What Can I Do?
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CCF’s Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds helps eligible hospitals and community-based organizations improve community engagement and ensure access to quality health care and preventive services for the economically disadvantaged residents of the Centinela Valley and surrounding areas near South Los Angeles. The fund serves Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lennox, Los Angeles, El Segundo, Watts, Compton and Lawndale.
Where Do We Go From Here?
The potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a huge impact on health care in California. Not only could many patients lose health insurance coverage but clinics that were able to expand services under the ACA might have to scale back should the law be repealed.
Fate of Medicaid
Enrollment in Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid, is up to 13.4 million people, which represents 1 in 3 California residents. The low-income health program was expanded under the Affordable Care Act when the federal government offered states more money if they let more people into their Medicaid programs. If the ACA is repealed and the Medicaid expansion is dismantled, California could lose $20 billion or more in federal funding (reference).
Over the past few years, community clinics that often operate in low-income communities have been able to expand as more patients have gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Clinics have added services such as dentistry, specialists and mental health care. Many patients treated at these clinics live in poverty and in areas that have high rates of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. As the clinics have expanded, patients have been able to learn more about managing their illnesses and improving their health. For example, a patient who might have only visited urgent care when he or she ran out of insulin prior to the ACA, is now referred to an endocrinologist as part of his or her treatment at the clinic. The expanded services at community clinics are going a long way in improving the health of communities in L.A. County, but repeal of the ACA could halt momentum going forward.