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.

Medicaid Expansion

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  • Action Alert! KidsWell California and New America Media Issues Call to Action and Holds Press Conference on Expanding Medi-Cal

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    CA & NAM: The 100% Campaign issued a call to action to urge Governor Jerry Brown to expand Medi-Cal to 1.4 million Californians, including over 500,000 parents. The call to action provided talking points for phone calls, emails, and Twitter & Facebook posts.  In addition, New America Media published an article on their briefing that featured Mike Odeh of Children Now, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and Anthony Wright of Health Access discussing how a delay in expanding Medi-Cal could affect low-income communities and children
  • Call to Action! MomsRising Joins California Advocates Urging Governor to Expand Medicaid

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    MomsRising and CA: MomsRising issued a call to action, in collaboration with KidsWell California Advocates, to urge Governor Jerry Brown to support the California Legislature in expanding Medi-Cal.
  • 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.

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