Although the 2010 Affordable Care Act expanded health care access to millions of Americans, undocumented immigrants are still prohibited from participating in federal insurance programs.  More than a million undocumented immigrants currently live in Los Angeles yet healthcare remains elusive for many of our most vulnerable neighbors. 
In order to help meet the needs of this community, “My Health LA” was created to provide free primary care services to uninsured county residents who fell below 138% of the poverty level. Unfortunately, stigmatization, fear of deportation and harsh government rhetoric toward the immigrant community (see “public charge” rule) have disparaged thousands of qualified people from taking advantage of this progressive program and, sadly, in 2019 only about a third of eligible participants had enrolled.
Looking ahead, IFWF remains optimistic that a new age of peace, justice, acceptance and unity will help to enhance the health and wellbeing of all our community members by expanding access to and participation in high quality but affordable health care for everyone who calls LA “home”.

Kristen R. Motley, MMS, PA-C

On behalf of the International Foundation for World Freedom (IFWF), we would like to extend our deep condolences to all of those affected by the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and expresses condolences to all affected by the terrible attacks in France and Austria

Conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The current hostilities represent the latest in a string of engagements dating back to the full-scale war in the 1980s as communities of both Armenian and Azerbaijani diasporas are well aware. Unfortunately, like the clashes before, it is the average Armenian and Azerbaijani who pay the price in blood. Both sides stand to lose their youth to defend an imaginary line, citing the previous wounds as grounds for continued conflict. In such a climate it is easy to forget that in living memory, both sides existed together in relative stability and peace. We sincerely hope that such a condition can arise again, and in the meantime support the families whose lives are being torn apart by yet another war.

Terrorist threat in Europe remains active after a new wave of attacks in France and Austria.

France has to boost security measures after the terrorist knife-stabbing assault occurred in the French city of Nice on October 29, when a Tunisian Islamist killed three people. Another series of terror acts shook the Austrian capital of Vienna on Monday, which resulted in four fatalities and at least 22 people injured.
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