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.

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  • California KidsWell Partners Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal

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    CA: California KidsWell partners, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-CA, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, issued a press release along with two other statewide organizations on the governor’s proposed budget. The press release notes a missed opportunity to expand Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants newly eligible for “deferred action” status, disappointment in maintained cuts to Medi-Cal provider rates, and excitement for a proposal to expand a county pediatric palliative care pilot program. The organizations call on the Governor and Legislature to create a system that will truly cover all children in California regardless of income or immigration status.

  • California KidsWell Partners Applaud President Obama’s Executive Action

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    CA: The California Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, which includes KidsWell Partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, and PICO California, issued a press release applauding President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. The press release notes that nearly one in six children in California has an undocumented parent and that under California law, lawfully present, low-income immigrants are eligible for Medi-Cal. The Coalition is monitoring how the President’s action will impact current efforts in the state legislature to expand health coverage.
  • California KidsWell Partners Advocate to Help Children and Families Maintain Medi-Cal Coverage

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    CA: KidsWell grantees, Children Now, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Children’s Defense Fund – California, joined the California Coverage & Health Initiatives and the United Way of California on a statement advocating for Senate Bill (SB) 18. SB 18 would require the state to accept private foundation funds and matching federal funds to help children and families maintain their Medi-Cal coverage. The California Endowment has already offered $6 million which, should the bill become law, would be matched by $6 million in federal funds. The bill was passed by the Appropriations Committee and will now head to the Assembly floor.

  • California KidsWell Partners Circulate Advocate for the Renewal of CHIP Funding

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    CA: KidsWell California grantees, Children Now, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and the Children’s Defense Fund – California, wrote a memo to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer as Congress considers renewing CHIP funding, which expires in 2015. The memo recommends that CHIP funding be renewed for at least four more years, supports and highlights the importance of the “CHIP bump” as an investment in children’s health care, highlights the renewal of CHIP funding as an opportunity to improve and realize program efficiencies, and calls for renewal as soon as possible.  

  • Kidswell Partners Support Bill to Strengthen Stakeholder Input for Children in Medi-Cal

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    MomsRising, CA: Over 50 organizations, including KidsWell grantees, MomsRising, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund – California, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, signed onto a letter to the California Legislature strongly supporting the passage of AB 357 to modify the name, scope, and structure of the Healthy Families Advisory Panel. The letter strongly urges the legislature to support the bill as a way to ensure providers, families, and stakeholders representing enrollees have a voice to address issues affecting children in Medi-Cal.

  • California KidsWell Partners Issue Statement on Medi-Cal Coverage for Children with Autism

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    CA: KidsWell California grantees, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California , PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, joined California Coverage and Health Initiatives in a statement supporting California’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) that would make Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy a covered benefit under  Medi-Cal. ABA therapy was previously covered for children with autism in the Healthy Families Program, but children lost this benefit when Healthy Families consolidated with Medi-Cal last year. The State will submit the SPA in September and coverage would be retroactive to July 1, 2014.

  • PICO CA Releases Statement Criticizing Governor Brown’s Revised Budget

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    CA: PICO California released a statement about the shortcomings of Governor Brown’s revised 2014-2015 budget.  The statement addresses the budget’s failure to increase Medi-Cal provider rates and coverage options for uninsured undocumented children and adults.  
  • More Than 2,500 Attended PICO CA’s ACA Day of Action

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    CA: On March 23, 2014, PICO California hosted an ACA Day of Action mobilizing California’s communities of faith through 12 enrollment and education events designed to spread the word about available coverage and celebrate the ACA’s 4th anniversary.  More than 2,500 attendees participated across the state. 

  • PICO CA To Host Enrollment Fairs During ACA Day of Action

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    CA: On March 23, 2014, PICO California will host an ACA Day of Action to mobilize California’s communities of faith through 15 enrollment and education events throughout the state. The Day of Action will mark the ACA’s 4th anniversary and spread the word about available coverage options during the final days of open enrollment.

  • KidsWell CA Grantees Advocate for Increased Children’s Health Funding in CA Budget

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    CA: On behalf of Children Now, the Children’s Defense Fund-CA (CDF-CA), PICO California, and other children’s health advocacy organizations in California, Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), issued a statement criticizing Governor Brown’s 2014-2015 budget proposal for not allocating sufficient resources to ensure children’s health.  Though Lazarus acknowledges the inclusion of $17.5 million for pediatric dental services outreach, the statement emphasizes the need to increase funding to: bolster Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates; strengthen access to care; and restore programs for high-risk infants and preventive dental and mental health services.  As reported by The Sacramento Bee, Michelle Stillwell-Parvensky, a policy and communications associate for CDF-CA, and Corey Timpson, executive director of PICO California, also issued statements advocating for increased funding for children’s health.

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