For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Luke Klipp
213.201.1378 (o)

ACTION ALERT: Healthcare Reform is Here!

APLA is proud to announce the creation of a new webpage that provides basic information regarding the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact millions of people across California and the country.

Click to view our new webpage

If you are already insured through your employer, you will continue to receive your coverage as you always have. If you are currently uninsured or self-insured, the Affordable Care Act will provide a number of new options for you to consider. Open enrollment for private health insurance available through state exchanges, including Covered California, began on Tuesday, October 1 and will continue for six months, through March 31, 2014.

Please note that all people who are eligible for health insurance must either have health insurance in 2014, or else they will pay a penalty. This is the “individual mandate,” which requires that you have some kind of health insurance beginning in 2014. The Ryan White and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) do not qualify as health insurance, and anyone remaining on those programs and not enrolling into some form of health insurance will face a penalty when they file their 2014 taxes.

For more information on these and other changes coming up through the Affordable Care Act, please visit our webpage, where you can also email us directly to request answers to any particular questions that you may have.


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AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidence-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocates for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income LGBT people of color living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher/Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; the S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; and a mobile dental facility. APLA Health & Wellness serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit

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