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.

  • California Grantees Ask HHS to Make Sure that States Are Prepared for the Open Enrollment Period

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    CA: KidsWell California Grantees submitted comments to HHS on the Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange proposed rule. The grantees recommend that the final rule include a timeline and set of procedures to ensure that states are prepared for the initial open enrollment period. If a state cannot demonstrate that it is ready, the final rule should then require the state to accept the federal determination of Medicaid/CHIP eligibility until the state’s system is able to comply with the federal law. The Children’s Partnership (TCP) also submitted comments to HHS on the single streamlined application proposed federal models.
  • 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.”
  • 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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