Coverage Initiative Healthy Way LA: Providing Health Care Coverage for Low-Income Uninsured Adults

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Date: 04/06/07
Publisher: L.A. County Department of Health Services (DHS)
Type: Document
Level: County

Executive summary of L.A. County's successful Coverage Initiative proposal to expand health care coverage to an estimated 94,000 low-income, uninsured adult residents. A new health care coverage program will be created, Healthy Way LA, that will facilitate a system shift from episodic to continuity care. Members will have a medical home with a named primary care provider or care team; expanded access to primary, preventive and specialty services; urgent appointment access; after-hours nurse advice line; member services; and care coordination services customized to each patient based on severity of illness. The target population includes those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as patients nearing Medicare-eligible age and those who have been using L.A. County DHS services in a chronic but uncoordinated manner