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important legislation that will help save Healthy Families and the one million children across California

Original post made by Annon, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Sep 22, 2009

Governor Signs Vital Legislation Saving Health Coverage for One Million California Children

Today, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1422, important legislation that will help save Healthy Families and the one million children across California that depend on the Program as their only source of low-cost health coverage.

On behalf of a coalition of children's advocates, Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President of The Children's Partnership said, "In a legislative session overshadowed by the budget deficit and the economic downturn, legislators stepped up to the plate to find a way to help ensure health coverage for children."

AB 1422 draws down federal funds to help maintain the Healthy Families Program and will ensure that nearly one million children have secure, affordable, and comprehensive health coverage for this budget year.

Medi-Cal managed care plans showed tremendous leadership in putting together this creative solution that will benefit so many California children when their families need it most. In combination with a generous $81.4 million contribution from First 5 California and increased cost-sharing for some families, AB 1422 fills the remainder of the shortfall in Healthy Families.

"We look forward to continuing to work with our elected officials and other health leaders to build on this positive momentum until every child in California who needs health care can get it," said Lazarus.

TAKE ACTION! Click here to urge your legislators to prioritize children's heath, and identify a sustainable funding source for children's health coverage. An estimated 700,000 California children still remain uninsured.

STAY TUNED: We will keep you up to date on opportunities to take action, and on policy decisions that impact children's health in California.

The 100% Campaign, a collaborative effort of The Children's Partnership, Children Now and Children's Defense Fund California, was created to ensure that all of California's children obtain the health insurance they need to grow up strong and healthy.PICO California

The united effort of 20 FAITH BASED -based community organizations bringing the voices and concerns of regular Californians to the statewide policy arena. PICO California is the statewide project of the PICO National Network.

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Posted by Annon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Thank YOU Conservative Christians for stepping up to the plate!

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Posted by deezul
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Yep, thats terrible 70,000 uninsured.
This is good news no doubt because we are trying to fix something that is bad.
ages 20-30::: 1 out of 3 have health insurance. This causes older folks premiums to go higher because it doesn't spread risk through out all ages.
The reason? We 20-30 year olds dont get paid enough to buy health insurance!
I am eating Top Ramen all the time and I am still broke...
Help Obama!!!
100% American,

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

Gracias gracias gracias...give the kids a chance and they will thrive...VIVA!

Nothing but the best for kids!!!

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Posted by Joyce
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 29, 2009 at 3:28 pm

The trick words in the article were needing to "find a SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOURCE ". Why? little else in our budget has a sustainable funding source.....except public schools & public employees, both get theirs, no matter who's starving. So will we write a law that the kids of illegals get their care first ? I'd say the pope & priest that helped them across the border should pick up the tab....hardly the responsibility of US taxpayers....At least not until he makes SOME little attempt at RESPONSIBLE being TAUGHT ABOUT CONDOMS....SURE WOULD HELP EASE MEXICO'S POVERTY. Too bad the pope continues to breed's SO UNfair to the poor third & forth borns....shouldn't HE care about them too. Of course it would HELP the girls get a better education/ jobs too.

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