The Clock is Ticking: 63,000 Children Lose Access to Health Coverage in One Month
A Total of 1 Million Will Lose Coverage This Year if Budget Cuts to Healthy Families Are Not Restored
August 21, 2009 Los Angeles, CA
A recent meeting of the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB), the agency that oversees the Healthy Families Program, brought little good news for children who depend on the program. Irresponsible budget cuts by the Legislature and Governor left Healthy Families with a $194 million shortfall. While First 5 California stepped up and committed $81.4 million to help address the funding shortfall, it was not enough for MRMIB to stop denying access to new enrollments or to forgo plans to begin disenrolling children from Healthy Families on October 1. It is estimated that 1 million children could be denied access to coverage this year unless sufficient funding is found to avoid waitlists and disenrollments.
Big Five Proposed Budget is the Single Biggest Cut to Children's Health in History
Healthy Families Cuts Will Cause 785,000 Children to be Denied Access to Health Coverage
A statement from Peter Manzo, President and CEO of United Ways of California:"The proposed budget deal crafted by the Governor and the heads of the Assembly and Senate shows a colossal failure of leadership that constitutes an irresponsible and cruel blow to California's children's health. With budget cuts to the Healthy Families program expanding to $144 million, a total of 785,000 children are expected to be denied health coverage, resulting in the single largest health coverage cut to children in our nation's history.
Failure of Ballot Measures Puts Children's Health At Risk
Peter Manzo, President & CEO of United Ways of California, issued the following is a statement regarding today’s release of Governor Schwarzenegger’s two May Revisions of the 2009-10 state budget:“Today’s actions by the Governor clearly demonstrate his continued lack of commitment toward our most needy children. The proposed cuts to children’s health coverage in the two versions of the May Revise are unacceptable, and are out of touch with everyday Californians, who are struggling everyday to make ends meet due to our failing economy.
Children At Risk Of Losing Health Coverage Under Governor’s Budget Proposal
Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2009
Peter Manzo, President & CEO of United Ways of California, issued the following statement in response to the failure of the six Special Election ballot measures and the current May Revise budget proposal on the table:
“With the failure of the May 19 Special Election ballot measures, the Governor’s May Revise proposals that would eliminate healthcare coverage for more than 225,000 children are now officially on the table. This proposal would do permanent harm to the health of hundreds of thousands of children and is simply unacceptable.
President Obama Signs Critical Health Coverage Bill for California Children
Los Angeles, CA
February 4, 2009
United Ways of California today lauded President Obama’s signing of a bill reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP. The bill, which was reauthorized for four and a half years, provides critical healthcare for 11 million children nationwide, including nearly one million children in California. United Ways of California has been advocating for SCHIP reauthorization since 2007.