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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  • 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 NY, CA, & CCF Held Webinar on ACA Extension of Medicaid Coverage for Foster Care Kids

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    NY, CA, & CCF : KidsWell New York and KidsWell California, in collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), held a state partner webinar to provide an overview of the ACA provision that will extend Medicaid coverage to foster children up to 26 years of age. In addition, the webinar discussed how to develop messaging and outreach strategies for state advocates and agencies to help enroll foster children into coverage. The webinar featured Tricia Brooks of CCF, Brooke Lehamn of Childworks, Bridget Walsh of Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), and Leigh Cobbs of Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY). Additionally, Children Now released a one-pager outlining the current statues in place limiting Medicaid coverage to California foster children and potential solutions. 
  • 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.
  • 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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