Join Our Network

Follow Us:

  • RSS

Governor Signs Historic Health for All Kids Act, Vetoes Important Data Collection Bill

Governor Signs Historic Health for All Kids Act, Vetoes Important Data Collection Bill

Today, Governor Jerry Brown made it easier for all children to enroll in affordable health coverage, regardless of immigration status, when he signed Senate Bill 4, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara. Under the measure, eligible children currently receiving limited health care services will be automatically enrolled in full-scope Medi-Cal coverage in 2016. This is a victory for all kids, and will serve as a good first step as we continue our work to expand coverage to undocumented immigrant adults.

However, health is about more than just coverage. Earlier this week, the Governor vetoed Assembly Bill 176, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta. This bill would have required several state agencies to use more detailed ethnic categories when collecting demographic data for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs). This data is essential for identifying inequities within AA and NHPI communities, of which there are more than 50 in California. Existing data sources, including the California Health Interview Survey, show disparate rates of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and obesity among diverse AA and NHPI communities. Combining all of these unique subgroups into one data category only serves to mask the underlying inequities.

CPEHN remains committed to Health for All and will continue to support policies that require more detailed data collection to help us fully understand the health needs of our communities.

Commenting Policy: CPEHN encourages our readers to post comments in response to blog posts. We place a high value on diversity and discussion. We would like our comments section to remain a place where anyone can post their thoughts knowing they will be treated in a respectful manner. We actively moderate comments and we reserve the right to edit or remove comments that create a hostile environment for other posters.