For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Luke Klipp
213.201.1378 (o)
lklipp@apla.org

ACTION ALERT: Healthcare coverage begins now!

On behalf of everyone at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and APLA Health & Wellness, we wish you a healthy and happy New Year! This year the Affordable Care Act is being formally rolled out, and if you have any questions about this program, please call APLA Health & Wellness Healthcare Specialist Frankie Darling-Palacios at (323) 329-9926, or visit our healthcare reform webpage on our website.

2014 is an exciting year as the Affordable Care Act is formally rolled out, including coverage that is now available to more people than ever before and the provision that no one be denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition (including HIV). We all know someone without healthcare, so the importance of everyone enrolling into a plan or talking to a loved one about Covered California is vital now more than ever.

At APLA and APLA Health & Wellness, we are here to help you navigate the enrollment process. We have Covered CA certified enrollment counselors as well as staff that are knowledgeable about the enrollment process and the health care exchanges.

Please visit our healthcare reform webpage on our website for more information. Remember, open enrollment ends March 31st!

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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 evidenced-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 advocated 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.org.

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 gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals 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; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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