Health advocates mark 1st year anniversary of health care law

File photo: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
File photo: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

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Federal and state leaders met in Los Angeles Wednesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the Obama Administration’s health care reform law. Health care activists say the plan is working.

Lawmakers and advocates joined families at a health care enrollment fair at St. John's Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles. The Affordable Health Care law will go into full effect in a few years.

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said it coincides with major developments on the health care front in his district. “The agenda of opening a new Martin Luther King Hospital in the southeast portion of the district that will not only help the people immediately in Watts Willowbrook but will be a help to St. John’s and its network of clinics. It seems to me we ought to know concretely how important what we achieved is.”

Proponents say the health care reform law has reaped benefits such as half-off prescription discounts for Medicare beneficiaries and a provision that lets young adults, up to age 26, remain on their parents’ health insurance plans.

“Building Healthy Communities” – a 10-year, $1 billion plan that’s part of the California Endowment – sponsored the health coverage enrollment fair.