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.
  • KidsWell California Released Statement in Response to Budget Omitting Autism Services for Children

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    CA: The Children’s Defense Fund – California, The Children’s Partnership, and Children Now released a statement in response to the budget deal reached by Governor Brown and the legislature which failed to include $50 million in funding for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services for children with autism in Medi-Cal. The advocates stated that, due to the decision, hundreds of children with autism will lose access to needed services. “… at a time when the state’s fiscal outlook is improving, it is unjust to pass a budget that continues to deprive children of medically necessary care and causes serious harm to children with autism and their families,” said Jamila Iris Edwards, Northern California Director of Children’s Defense Fund-California. “The State has broken its promise that no child would lose access to critical health care in the Healthy Families transition. The Governor and Legislature must act quickly to remedy the current situation and ensure these children get the services they need to grow up healthy and ready to learn,”.
  • KidsWell California Submitted Comments on Phase Three of the Healthy Families Transition

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    CA: KidsWell California submitted recommendations to the California Department of Health Care Services on the Healthy Families draft Phase Three 30-day Transition Notice and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Specifically, the advocates recommend that the notices provide information on what parents should expect before and after the transition date, the actions for which parents should be responsible, and the appropriate contact that parents should contact should they have questions (i.e., the Medi-Cal Ombudsman).

     

  • 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. 
  • Action Alert! MomsRising & CA Requested Signatures to Preserve Services in California Healthy Families Transition

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    MomsRising & CA: MomsRising, in collaboration with KidsWell California, released a call to action for individuals to sign a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown requesting that he preserve health benefits for children with autism, specifically Applied Behavioral Analysis, as the state continues to transition children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal.
  • KidsWell CA Partners Issue Press Release on State's Failure to Ensure Behavioral Health Services in Healthy Families Transition

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  • 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.
  • KidsWell Grantees Give California Health Department a C-Minus on Moving Kids to Medi-Cal

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    CA: The KidsWell California Grantees submitted a letter to Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator of CMS and Director of CMCS, providing a status report on the state’s progress and concerns they have on the transition of beneficiaries from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal. In a press release the grantees gave the California Department of Health Care Services a report card of a C-minus on the progress of the transition. Jenny Kattlove of The Children’s Partnership was featured in a HealthyCal.org article on her research on the Denti-Cal program and the possible dental crisis when an estimated one million children enroll in the program in 2014.
  • 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.
  • Better that Budget! KidsWell California Asked Governor Brown to Allocate More Money in the State Budget to Improving Kids' Health Care

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    CA: In response to Governor Brown’s state budget proposal, California KidsWell Grantees issued a statement urging the governor and state legislature to continue to devote funds to address health care needs of California children. The grantees specifically requested that the state allocate revenue to work towards improving health care for children and to preserve a basic health care safety net for individuals who remain uninsured.
  • California KidsWell Partners Urge DHHS to Slow Healthy Families Program Transition to Medi-Cal

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    CA: California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics and California Coverage & Health Initiatives, submitted comments to the California Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Dianna Dooley on the Healthy Families Program (CHIP) transition to Medi-Cal.  The advocates urge DHHS to slow down the transition to ensure that the various gaps in coverage are addressed.

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