Children’s Defense Fund - California

Since 1998, Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) has worked with colleagues in the 100% Campaign to ensure that all of California’s children gain access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. CDF-CA’s efforts to expand coverage for children, simplify enrollment processes, and support outreach efforts have resulted in a significant decline in the number of uninsured children in the state. See below for more information about CDF-CA’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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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.

  • KidsWell Partners Report and Comment on California’s Health for All Act

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    NAM, YI, CA: New American Media reported on the reintroduction of SB 4, the Health for All Act, which would guarantee all Californians access to health care, regardless of immigration status. California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Young Invincibles, signed onto a statement with other Californian advocacy groups praising Senator Lara’s actions. In addition, The Children’s Partnership issued a statement in which founder and co-president Wendy Lazarus stated, “[w]e stand with Senator Ricardo Lara and our partners to expand access to health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status, in the coming year.”

  • 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.
  • CA Advocates for Children’s Health Programs in State Budget

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    CA: Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, senior policy and communications associate for the Children’s Defense Fund-California, was quoted in California Healthline about how Governor Brown’s revised budget maintains cuts to certain children’s health programs.  She stated, “Even though the state is financially better off right now, there were some programs that didn't get restored. Now that we're doing much better, we have the resources to fund these things."  Children Now released a budget analysis highlighting programs that would benefit from additional funding, including Medi-Cal provider rate cuts, the Early Mental Health Initiative, and the Black Infant Health Program.

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