Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
L.A. County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas James Bolden
RIDLEY-THOMAS URGES SUPPORT OF RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO EMPHASIZE LOW-INCOME CHILDREN IN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE PLAN
LOS ANGELES – Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today asked the Board to support and execute a resolution urging Congress and the Obama Administration to include low-income children and pregnant women in its historic efforts to achieve universal health coverage this year.
One in nine children in America is uninsured and one in eight children (1.27 million ages 8-18) in California are uninsured. Approximately 329,000 uninsured children currently reside in Los Angeles County, many of whom are particularly vulnerable in this time of budget constraint and economic crisis.
The Board met with California Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration in Washington D.C. in May, to express strong support for universal health reform that would cover medically-necessary comprehensive services, including prescription drugs, primary and preventive care, mental health and substance abuse, vision and dental benefits.
“Urging affordable and comprehensive coverage for children would be consistent with the County’s call for universal health coverage,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said, adding that the services would be provided without regard to prior medical condition.
The Supervisor asked the Board to authorize the Chair of the Board to send a copy of his resolution on children’s national health reform to the Los Angeles County Congressional delegation and key Congressional Committee Members.
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