The COVID-19 emergency is ending. Here's what that means for you.
LA County’s declaration of a local public health emergency for COVID-19 ends on March 31, 2023. That means changes in some programs but many services will continue to be available to support County residents. Here is an overview of what the public can expect in several key areas—from the availability of free testing to resources for tenants and landlords. We’ve also got details on what residents need to do to avoid interruption of their Medi-Cal health benefits. Click here to download a copy of this FAQ.descargar en español
1,122 Days: Inside LA County’s COVID-19 Emergency Mobilization
By the time LA County’s emergency declaration for COVID-19 ended on March 31, 2023, 36,000 lives had been lost. Thousands of people were infected and thousands more faced economic hardship. 52,382 LA County employees stepped up to serve as disaster service workers, handing out meals and laptops, providing healthcare and shelter, and finding myriad new ways to deliver public services during the longest running emergency in County history. It lasted 1,122 days.
COVID-19 VACCINES, TESTING AND MASK MANDATES
HEALTH INSURANCE/MEDI-CAL COVERAGE
During the federal government’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), health benefits for Medi-Cal beneficiaries were protected from adverse action, with some exceptions. On December 29, 2022, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which removed the continuous coverage requirement from the PHE. With the passage of this bill, the continuous coverage requirement for MC beneficiaries will end on March 31, 2023. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the end of the continuous coverage requirement.
RENTS AND EVICTIONS
Certain protections in the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution (formerly known as the LA County Eviction Moratorium) expire as of March 31, 2023, but some protections for tenants remain and support for small landlords is also available. See below for answers to frequently asked questions or learn more at dcba.lacounty.gov/rentstabilization or dcba.lacounty.gov/landlords. The Department of Consumer & Business Affairs is also hosting webinars to help explain the changes.