For Immediate Release

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Luke Klipp
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ACTION ALERT: Healthcare Reform Outreach at APLA

APLA Health & Wellness is proud to introduce the newest member of our team, Frankie Darling-Palacios, who will serve as our Healthcare Outreach Specialist.

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Over the next year, while healthcare reform is being implemented here in Los Angeles and across the country, Frankie will help individuals and their families navigate through the complex web of new healthcare laws, connect people to an enroller and reach out to as many people as possible online, in person and over the phone. During that time Frankie will conduct workshops for APLA and APLA Health & Wellness clients and their friends and family about the new insurance plan options, answer questions unique to individual needs, and continue to find creative ways to get the message out about affordable healthcare so that as many people as possible know the options they have available to them in the new year and can enroll into coverage.

Open enrollment for various coverage options that begin in 2014 opens on October 1, 2013; and the federal government will provide tax credits and subsidies to make healthcare affordable for people who are currently uninsured or wishing to change their health care plans in the new year.

APLA will soon be hosting a website to make more information available to the many thousands of Angelenos that we serve. In addition, California has created its own user-friendly website,, in order to help prospective enrollees understand their options and their projected costs for health care coverage.

If you have any questions for Frankie, you can reach her via phone at (323) 329-9926 or via email at


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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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