PICO California

PICO California is the largest grassroots congregation-based community-organizing network in California. Nineteen local PICO federations organize in 73 cities, 35 school districts, and in more than one-half of the state's Senate and Assembly districts, reaching from San Diego to Placer County. Together, PICO federations represent 450,000 families of diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds across the state. We are part of the PICO National Network, which includes organizations in 16 states. Since 1993, PICO California has been organizing to bring the voices and concerns of working families to the statewide policy arena. We build upon our deep local work to increase healthcare access, improve educational outcomes, reduce violence, increase opportunities for youth, and keep people in their homes, leveraging the collective knowledge and power of local communities to inform and influence state policy and budget priorities.

  • Better that Budget! KidsWell California Asked Governor Brown to Allocate More Money in the State Budget to Improving Kids' Health Care

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    CA: In response to Governor Brown’s state budget proposal, California KidsWell Grantees issued a statement urging the governor and state legislature to continue to devote funds to address health care needs of California children. The grantees specifically requested that the state allocate revenue to work towards improving health care for children and to preserve a basic health care safety net for individuals who remain uninsured.
  • KidsWell California Wants the Exchange to Better Serve its Service Center!

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    CA: California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with various other organizations, sent comments to California’s State-Based Exchange on the protocols and consumer experience in the Exchange’s Service Center, which will be accessible through the web and a toll-free number phone number. The grantees noted that they are working to ensure that consumers will have a “first-class consumer experience, do not encounter delays in eligibility determination, and are not subject to duplicative application screenings.”
  • California KidsWell Partners Urge DHHS to Slow Healthy Families Program Transition to Medi-Cal

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    CA: California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics and California Coverage & Health Initiatives, submitted comments to the California Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Dianna Dooley on the Healthy Families Program (CHIP) transition to Medi-Cal.  The advocates urge DHHS to slow down the transition to ensure that the various gaps in coverage are addressed.
  • KidsWell California Partners With 20 Health and Children's Advocates Submitted Letter to CHHS Requesting a Delay in the Healthy Families Transition

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    California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with 20 health and children’s advocates, submitted a letter to California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley requesting a delay of the transition of children from the Healthy Families Program (California’s CHIP) to Medi-Cal.  The CA KidsWell Grantees also released a brief listing seven pre-requisites that should be met before the transition begins. 
  • KidsWell California Partners Issued a Statement of Disappointment in Response to the Legislative Session's Lack of Action Regarding the Healthy Families Transition

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    CA: The Children's Partnership, Children Now, CDF-CA, California Coverage & Health Initiatives, PICO California and United Ways of California issued a statement of disappointment in response to the close of California’s legislative session stating that it was “a missed opportunity to secure the $200 million in desperately needed revenues from the Managed Care Organization (MCO) assessment and to delay or stop the pending transition of children from the Healthy Families Program [California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program] to Medi-Cal [California’s Medicaid Program].”
  • PICO Issued Statement on Medicaid Expansion

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    PICO issued a statement urging individuals to participate in PICO’s pledge to press all state governments to extend the protections and benefits of health coverage to lower-income families through fully participating in Medicaid expansion.
  • KidsWell California Announced Support for Bright Line Alternative

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    Forty National and California advocates including Children Now, PICO California, The Children's Partnership, and the Children's Defense Fund - CA issued a statement to Governor Brown in support of the "Bright-Line" alternative to the children's health budget proposal. This alternative option would only transfer "Bright Line" children with family incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
  • PICO California Released Report on the Family Affordability Glitch

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    PICO California released a report on the Family Affordability Glitch summarizing information collected from meetings with staff representing Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, to learn whether Senators are aware of the glitch and if they have a plan to fix it. The report provides an analysis of the meetings and encourages other PICO Federations to contact senators and state representatives about this issue. In addition, PICO California released a fact sheet providing an overview of the Family Affordability Glitch.
  • PICO California Organized Advocacy Discussion on Health Reform Implementation

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    PICO California organized advocates to discuss a number of pressing health reform implementation issues in the State, including Medicaid expansion to 133% FPL; the availability of premium tax credits to purchase coverage through the Exchange; fixing the “kid glitch” that would prevent approximately 270,000 children from obtaining coverage; and the governor’s proposed cuts to various health care programs, including the elimination of Health Families.
  • Children Now Submitted Comments on HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    Children Now submitted comments on HHS’ EHB Bulletin, issued in December 2011, which outlines the intended regulatory approach the Department plans to use in defining Essential Health Benefits (EHB) in the Exchanges. Specifically, the comments recommend that HHS: (1) define a core or “floor” EHB standard for children; (2) evaluate additional options for pediatric vision coverage; (3) provide more guidance and protections for pediatric dental coverage; (4) limit and closely scrutinize benefit design flexibility; (5) place greater emphasis on the inclusion of preventive care; and (6) require that the EHB selection process is open and transparent. Fellow KidsWell grantees Children’s Defense Fund – California, PICO California and The Children’s Partnership were signatories to the submission. In addition, Children Now participated in a briefing the Exchange Board held on the topic.

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