Monday, May 1, 2017

Los Angeles — L.A. Care Health Plan announced it has earned the Multicultural Health Care Distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). L.A. Care received this distinction for its Medicaid (Medi-Cal), Medicare (L.A. Care Cal MediConnect) and Marketplace (L.A. Care Covered) product lines.

Multicultural Health Care Distinction is a nationally recognized evaluation that purchasers, regulators, and consumers can use to assess which organizations have earned distinction by meeting rigorous standards in serving a diverse population. The distinction also recognizes organizations that engage in efforts to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services and reduce health care disparities.

“Given the tremendous cultural diversity of our members, we could not be more thrilled to earn this top honor,” said L.A. Care CEO John Baackes. “We are more energized than ever to continue delivering the highest quality care that our members deserve.”

Nationally, L.A. Care is one of only 19 Medicaid health plans, one of only six Medicare health plans and one of only nine Marketplace health plans to be awarded the Multicultural Health Care distinction.

“Earning Multicultural Health Care Distinction shows that an organization is making a breakthrough in providing excellent health care to diverse populations. I congratulate any organization that achieves this level of distinction,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care is essential to improving the quality of care overall.”


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-Cal, L.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.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.