COPA Wins on Healthcare for Undocumented: $500K for Pilot Project Serving Monterey County
By unanimous vote, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors finally agreed to fund a healthcare pilot project for undocumented residents, put forth by leaders of Communities Organized for (relational) Power in Action (COPA).
$500 thousand has been allocated to pay for lab tests, radiology and pharmacy services -- things generally unaffordable for residents concentrated in the agriculture or hospitality industry. The purpose is to prevent future visits to the county hospital's emergency room. The Episcopal Diocese estimates that between 1,200 and 2,000 uninsured undocumented county residents will be eligible for the program. According to Canon Jesus Reyes:Read more
One LA-IAF Urges Supervisors to Cover Uninsured
"After thanking board of supervisors members for their commitment to support heath care for Los Angeles County's poor, Jim Mangia, president and CEO of St. John's Well Child and Family Center, asked the people who came with him to the May 20 public meeting "to support health care for all" to stand up.
Hundreds upon hundreds of "women and men from across the county rose â€” cheering, clapping, shouting and raising their hands high in the air. The grass-roots commotion went on for almost a minute."Read more