L.A.’s Rocking a New Healthcare Culture

Thanks to Obamacare, Southern California’s Immigrants Are Seeking the Coverage They Needed

It’s still early to evaluate all the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Los Angeles and its immigrants, but public perception of and conversation about the law are driving huge changes both in Southern California and throughout the country, said panelists at a Zócalo Public Square event, co-presented by The California Wellness Foundation, at the Goethe-Institut Tuesday night.

Responding to questions from the moderator, Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Anna Gorman, those panelists—St. John’s Well Child and Family Center CEO Jim Mangia, National Immigration Law Center health policy attorney Gabrielle Lessard, and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research health insurance studies director Shana Alex Lavarreda—described emerging evidence of what Mangia called a new “culture of coverage.”

Immigrants who are eligible for coverage and care are starting to get it. And even undocumented immigrants, who are excluded from the benefits of …

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