**** SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY GOAPELE****
What: Hundreds of South L.A. will be treated to a bevy of important information and resources regarding the Affordable Care Act during a free music concert and health festival on the final weekend before California’s new health insurance marketplace opens for enrollment on Oct. 1.
With the highest rate of uninsured adults in L.A. County, South L.A. stands to benefit greatly from the new health care law, which among other things expands Medicaid; provides more affordable health insurance options for the 38% of adults who are currently uninsured in South L.A.; and includes substance abuse and mental health as a part of free preventive care.
The 2nd Annual Powerfest aims to empower South L.A. residents with the resources and information they need to take advantage of these benefits but in a fun, free, and safe alcohol-free family-friendly environment.
Local community health clinics will be armed with ACA enrollment information; dozens of nonprofits will provide help and service information geared toward immigrants, kinship families and the formerly incarcerated. Attendees will be able to enjoy food trucks, healthy food cooking demonstrations and exciting musical performances by Goapele, Mr. Choc and Mayaztec.
When/Where: 1 p.m., Sat. Sept. 28, Martin Luther King Park (corner of 39 St. and Western Ave.)
Who: Hosted by Community Coalition and Sponsored by Care First, SEIU Local 99, SEIU 721, Teamsters Union, St. Johns Well Child and Family Center, UMMA Community Clinic, City of L.A. Dept. of Parks and Recreation, L.A. Voice, Raising California Together, Young Invincibles, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education. Made possible with support from County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
Why: “The Affordable Care Act is a huge opportunity to move thousands of South L.A. residents out of the ranks of the uninsured and to the on-ramps of affordable health care,” said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, President and CEO of Community Coalition. “The South L.A. Powerfest aims to empower residents by providing an avenue to connect with their neighbors, take advantage of vital information and resources and participate in activities that celebrate our right to healthy lives.
Contact: Jung Hee, Communications Director
323-750-9087, x226 or 213-792-4718
Terri Boysaw, Press Liaison