Dr. Casillas
Governor Newsom Sign AB 2426
Help provide essential health equity funding to address the medically underserved Black & Latino Communities of South LA

YES ON AB 2426

Support Health Equity Funding for South LA

Many of MLK Community Hospital’s emergency patients have gone far too long without medical care. Their chronic conditions have progressed to devastating complications that could have been prevented—including vision loss, amputations and organ failure. 

Assembly Bill 2426 addresses generational health disparities for our Black and Latino communities. Health equity funding from AB 2426 will allow us to:

  • Invest in recruiting more doctors to South Los Angeles to serve Black and Latino communities;
  • Focus on preventative care and outpatient services; and 
  • Help make MLK Community Hospital financially secure 

As a frontline hospital serving the most vulnerable, 87% of our emergency room visits are from Medi-Cal or uninsured patients. We lose tens of millions annually on emergency department care. Filling the gap will allow us to invest in the community and expand community-based care.  

Help us reduce the number of patients who come to our emergency department as a last resort.

Governor Newsom Sign AB 2426 to help provide essential health equity funding to address the medically underserved Black & Latino Communities of South LA!


Provide health equity funding for South Los Angeles

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"Disease, Inequity and Resilience in South L.A."

For more than a year the Los Angeles Times chronicled MLK Community Healthcare’s fight against COVID in the hard-hit community of South LA.  The series of articles that resulted - "Disease, Inequity and Resilience in South L.A." – portrays the ravages of the pandemic and the underlying racial, social and economic forces that drove it.

The series has garnered national awards, including first place and “Best in Show” in the prestigious Headliners Awards, as well as top honors in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism’s DART Awards for coverage of trauma.

Read the entire award-winning series here that includes each of the stories below. 

By Joe Mozingo and Francine Orr

1. In South L.A., the battle to stay ahead of the mental health turnstile never ends

2. In South L.A., a legacy of limbs lost to diabetes tells a larger story

3. Bigotry confines their trans daughter at home. Her parents worry what she’ll do when they’re gone

4. His lonely war in Room 533: How a COVID patient fought to keep his life from crumbling

5. For two COVID-19 patients, life and death rests on ‘el tubo’

See additional health inequity media coverage from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and more, below. 

Patient lying in emergency room bed with a nurse tending to him

A mask mandate was never going to save South L.A.

Dr. Elaine Batchlor always knew this day would come.

Read the LA times article

Photo of African American man holding a photo

First one death in the family, and the toll kept mounting 

The first death from COVID-19 was hard enough to deal with.

Read the LA times article

Photo of Hispanic community members

Alarming disparities leave parts of L.A. hit hard

Two years into the pandemic, wealth, poverty and race still dramatically affect the toll the virus takes on people.

Read the LA times article

Photo of a nurse checking a child with a stethoscope

Omicron hit poor communities of color the hardest

Omicron swept through L.A. with unprecedented speed, tracing a grim and familiar path two years into the pandemic.

Read the LA times article


Photo of a masked African American man standing over a body bag

Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital

Inside an overwhelmed facility in the worst-hit part of California.

Read the NY Times article

About MLK Community Hospital & healthcare funding

MLK Community Hospital provides high quality, life saving care to one of the most underserved communities in California—South LA. 

South LA desperately needed the services delivered when the hospital opened in 2015. Nothing made this more clear than COVID-19. Underlying health conditions contributed to extreme health disparities, causing our Black and Latino community members to suffer at rates three to four times that of other communities.  

As a frontline hospital serving the most vulnerable, MLK Community Hospital loses millions on emergency department visits. Why? MLK Community Hospital has the worst payer mix of any free standing independent community hospital in California.  

Designed to serve 40,000 in its emergency department, the hospital cares for over 100,000 annually. Chronic conditions are the true epidemic—a diabetes rate 3x the state average, a life expectancy 10 years less.  AB 2426 can help to change that.

The challenges we face can be met.  We know what to do.  And with investment we can do it.  We can take on health disparities with equity funding

Dr. Elaine Batchlor
CEO, MLK Community Healthcare

Get the facts

87% infographic

Of emergency patient are Medi-Cal or Uninsured

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Dual eligible Medi-Cal and Medicare

93% infographic

Latino or African American population of service area

MLK Community Hospital Emergency room entrance, patient in an emergency bed with a doctor
A South LA where people have access to care is a South LA where people are healthier and aren’t as vulnerable to hospitalization or dying

Paid for by MLK Community Hospital        healthequity@mlkch.org