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

Tell Your Children's Health Coverage Story

Personal stories make a huge difference when we talk to legislators, the press, and others.


We are looking for stories - from parents, health providers, and community-based organizations - of families whose children have benefited from federal health care reform or health coverage through Medi-Cal or Healthy Families . Please tell us:


  • Was your child previously denied health coverage due to a “pre-existing condition” (such as asthma or diabetes), but now has been able to get covered?
  • Has your family been helped because there is no lifetime limit on benefits for your child?
  • Are you now able to cover your young adult children on your health plan?
  • Has your family benefited from free preventive services (such as immunizations) for your children?
  • How has health insurance benefited the child and family?
  • What happened when the child was not covered, or what might happen if the child loses coverage?
  • How has having health coverage benefited the child's health, school performance and/or the family's well-being?


Feel free to use the form below to tell your story. Or, if you would like to talk to someone about your story, please call Michele Stillwell-Parvensky at (510) 663-1294.


Please note that we will not share a family's story without their formal consent.


We will follow up with you if we need more information about your story and to get your consent.

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