California KidsWell advocates were actively engaged in responding to Governor Jerry Brown’s May budget proposal which would eliminate Healthy Families, California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, and transfer it’s beneficiaries into Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. Advocates raise concerns that the transfer of nearly 900,000 kids into Medi-Cal would create a physician shortage due to the decreasing number of physicians accepting Medi-Cal patients. Advocacy included: (1) postings on the Children’s Defense Fund-CA’s (CDF-CA) Children’s State Budget Watch website
; (2) a report
released by Children Now, Revised State Budget Sells Kids Short
; (3) an article
in the California Progress Report written by Mike Odeh of Children Now and Michele Stillwell-Parvensky of CDF-CA; and (4) an article
in La Opinion featuring Michelle Stillwell of CDF-CA.