KPCC 89.3 made mention of L.A. Care in its January 2, 2019 Morning Edition broadcast about the status of the public option. The public option issue came up before the legislature in 2018 and would allow Californians to buy into a state-sponsored health plan that would also compete with private health plans.
Last September, Governor Brown signed AB 2472, which creates a Council on Health Care Delivery Systems to do a feasibility study on the public option.
Lawmakers are still exploring what a public option could look like. One idea is letting people buy into Medi-Cal. Another is something like L.A. Care where they offer both Medi-Cal plans and lower costs options on Covered California.
About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan serves more than 2.2 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's vulnerable and low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.