Up to $31 million committed to recruit physicians to serve the most vulnerable
Los Angeles — L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, announced it has committed up to $31 million dollars to recruit physicians into the safety net of providers — those committed to offering access to care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, which includes the uninsured, Medi-Cal members and other vulnerable patients.
The initiative, called Elevating the Safety Net, seeks to enhance access to care in the midst of a sweeping physician shortage that a University of California San Francisco study projected would leave California with a shortfall of nearly 9,000 primary care physicians in just a little more than a decade.
This is the largest commitment L.A. Care has ever made, and we're eager to see the positive impact on the communities we serve. Our members are going to need care next year, the year after, and 10 years from now, and this investment aligns with our mission of supporting the safety net of providers who serve them.
-- John Baackes
CEO, L.A. Care
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.