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Voices for Health Equity

Voices for Health Equity

Welcome to Tuesday Tidbits! This space will be used every week to highlight new resources, upcoming events, and other resources related to improving health and fostering equity. If you would like your resource/event to be highlighted, please let me know at ddexter@cpehn.org. Thanks!

As 2015 begins, we’re entering the second full year of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions. Here in California, we’ve seen millions sign up for coverage through an expanded Medi-Cal program and Covered California. However, not every state has experienced similar success, as many have refused to expand their Medicaid programs or start a state insurance marketplace. With a new Congress that is hostile to the ACA and legal challenges set to hit the Supreme Court, 2015 could be a pivotal year for the most meaningful piece of health reform legislation passed in a generation.

On Friday, January 9th, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. We appreciate that Governor Brown’s $113 billion spending proposal includes a continued commitment to health care reform through the Medi-Cal expansion and increases investments in education and climate change. While his proposal does not include specific funding for immigrants impacted by President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, we are pleased that he has affirmed their Medi-Cal eligibility. 

However, despite higher than projected revenues, the Governor’s spending proposal misses an important opportunity to restore years of cuts to California’s safety-net programs and to expand health care coverage to the remaining uninsured. The lack of restorations and new funding for “Health for All” will negatively impact low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

For more than a decade our communities have been asked to endure painful cuts to services due to structural deficits in the state budget. Many continue to go without much needed health care because it remains unaffordable and out of reach. The passage of Proposition 30 in 2012 has been critical in providing much needed revenue for the state. The Governor mustn’t squander this opportunity to fulfill his goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation. An investment in California’s most vulnerable communities will improve the wellbeing of our entire state. 

For a detailed summary of the Governor's budget proposal, please visit our Policy Center.

Voices for Health Equity

We are trying something new at CPEHN as we kick off 2015! With so much great work being done to improve the health of California’s communities of color, we are creating a forum to highlight inspiring efforts. Today we are launching Voices for Health Equity, an online community that will focus on efforts here at CPEHN and by others around the state to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We hope you enjoy the content featured in our blog and invite you to join in the discussion. From increasing access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health coverage to addressing the social and environmental factors that impact our health, we will strive to make Voices for Health Equity an interactive, encouraging, and trusted source of information on resources, events, policy efforts, and critical issues that impact health.

Throughout the year we will be looking for guest authors so keep Voices for Health Equity in mind if you have an important call to action, a new report, or an event that can’t be missed. We’d love to help spread the word. If you’re interested in contributing, please contact our Communications Coordinator, David Dexter.

This is an important time for all of us concerned with the health of California’s communities of color. We know many of you out there are working to achieve health equity, and this blog can be a platform for your voices. So without further ado, welcome to Voices for Health Equity. Enjoy!

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