Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Implement Health Reform for California’s Children & Families
SACRAMENTO - California’s leading children’s advocates today congratulated Governor Brown on signing key legislation that moves health care reform forward in California, and sets the stage for improving access to health care coverage for children. By signing AB 1296 (Bonilla), AB 922 (Monning) and SB 51 (Alquist), the Governor allows the state to continue to move forward on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California.
On behalf of California’s children’s health advocates, Kristen Golden-Testa, Director of Health Programs for The Children’s Partnership, hailed the adoption of AB 1296 and other health care legislation. “Health reform is about the promise of providing affordable coverage for all, and these bills are important first steps toward realizing that long out-of-reach dream for California children. Currently, our state has more than 7 million uninsured people, including over one million children. The majority of these uninsured children are eligible for coverage through Medi-Cal or the Healthy Families Program. The modernized, integrated enrollment system envisioned in AB 1296 will help reach these children by ensuring that they obtain the coverage for which they are eligible and enabling them to obtain the care they need to grow up healthy and ready to learn. By beginning the hard work of creating a seamless, coordinated, “no wrong door” system for accessing health coverage, California will continue to lead the way as health reform becomes a reality. More importantly, a modernized enrollment system will enable us to reduce the number of uninsured children in California.”
In addition, the Governor signed AB 922 (Monning), which creates a new consolidated Office of the Patient Advocate that will protect the interests of California health consumers and provide a place where parents can receive answers to questions about their children’s health coverage and help resolving problems. This is another important step toward simplifying and coordinating access to health coverage information for families and children,” Golden-Testa said.
SB 51 (Alquist) ensures that the percentage of insurance premiums spent on medical care complies with federal minimum standards.