A collaborative effort of The Children's Partnership, Children Now, and Children's Defense Fund created to ensure that all of California's children obtain the health coverage they need to grow up strong and healthy

State Budget

In California, at the height of the "great recession," the number of uninsured children increased from 1.1 to 1.5 million, as many parents lost jobs and health benefits. During challenging economic times like these, we need our state leaders to protect the children’s health safety net, including Healthy Families and Medi-Cal, programs that provide affordable health coverage to roughly 4.5 million California children in low-income, working families.

 

Our legislators and Governor must find a responsible solution and fully fund the programs that protect California children's health - for their futures and for the future health of the state economy.  They must also take advantage of opportunities under the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, to make it easier for children to gain and keep coverage. 

 

In tough fiscal times, parents prioritize the needs of their children, and our leaders must do the same in order to ensure the future prosperity of our state, and protect the health of our children. For more information, click here to stay up to date on children’s health and the California budget.    

 

In California, between 2007 and 2009 at the height of the “great recession,” the number of children uninsured for at least part of the year increased from 1.1 to 1.5 million[MSOffice1] [QB2] , as many parents lost jobs and health benefits. During hard times like these, we expect our state leaders to at least protect the children’s health safety net, including Healthy Families and Medi-Cal, programs that provide affordable health coverage to roughly 4.5 million California children in low-income, working families. Our legislators and Governor must find a responsible solution and fully fund the programs that protect California children's health - for their futures and for the future health of the state economy.

 

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides our state with very strong incentives to preserve and expand children’s health coverage, our Governor has proposed drastic cuts to Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. In tough fiscal times, parents prioritize the needs of their children, and our leaders must do the same in order to ensure the future prosperity of our state. Read our updated budget factsheets here.

 [MSOffice1]Link to UCLA doc?

 [QB2]I think a link is a good idea