Today marked the start of the largest free healthcare clinic in the United States, organized by Care Harbor. In collaboration with L.A. Care Health Plan and Dignity Health, Care Harbor will provide free medical, dental and vision services to those in need beginning today through September 30.
"We are thrilled that once again the private and public community in Los Angeles is coming together to offer lasting care to those who need it most," said Don Manelli, president of Care Harbor. "This year, we have expanded our vision and dental services by 20 percent – but it doesn't stop there. Care Harbor is a gateway to sustainable care. Patients who need continuing care will be connected to a medical home with one of our partners in Los Angeles."
Representatives from more than 60 local clinics and medical practices that provide primary and specialized care will be onsite to make appointments for follow-up services before patients leave the clinic. Connecting patients to a medical home during clinic helps ensure that diagnosed conditions are treated and patients are monitored throughout their treatment plan.
"This year's Care Harbor clinic is more important than ever. In the next 18 months, our country's health care system will dramatically change, and it is so important that we educate the uninsured and the underinsured about their new health options," explains Howard A. Kahn, chief executive officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation's largest public health plan. "Prior to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Californians were paying out of pocket for their basic health care, or even worse, waiting until their conditions became dire and even more costly. In 2014, thanks to the national reform efforts, more than 1.2 million more Californians will have access to health care coverage thanks to the Medicaid/Medi-Cal expansion."
The clinic's services will cover a range of specialties and will be delivered by health care professionals representing numerous areas of expertise.