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CCHI to Honor Sacramento and Santa Clara Leaders for Contributions to Children and Family Health Coverage
Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan, Health Committee Chair
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Nora Campos, Master of Ceremonies
Assembly Speaker Elect Toni Atkins, Award Presenter
California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) and its members
6th Annual Champions for Coverage Awards Reception
March 10, 2014, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA
CCHI’s Champions for Coverage Awards Reception recognizes California leaders who help families navigate into affordable health coverage. Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Nora Campos (D-27) is the evening’s master of ceremonies and will present a Champions for Coverage Award to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for their leadership in passing Measure A, which secured dedicated funding for health coverage for low-income children, an unprecedented move to champion the needs of most vulnerable.
Assembly Speaker Elect Toni Atkins (D-78) will present Assembly Health Chair, Dr. Richard Pan (D-9), with an award for his legislative leadership to improve the lives of children.
“Dr. Pan is a tireless advocate for children and families in Sacramento and across California. He was instrumental in launching our local children’s health initiative which gives thousands of children the health coverage and care they deserve. We are so lucky to have him represent us in the Assembly. He fights for kids. He fights for health. He fights for Sacramento.” – Kelly Bennett-Wofford, Executive Director Sacramento Covered
Alla Ponomar from Sacramento Covered is also being honored and will receive the Certified Application Assistant of the Year Award for her work directly helping families understand and enroll in affordable coverage. Ponomar is one of the only experts working with the Slavic community in both Russian and Ukrainian languages in Sacramento County.
California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI), a leader in health advocacy for children and families, is a statewide association of outreach and enrollment organizations that are focused on helping children and families navigate into affordable health coverage and have access to high quality health care and other services. With firsthand experience and success enrolling children into public programs, such as Medi-Cal, as well as administering local Healthy Kids programs, the members of CCHI have shown that coverage for all children in California is a reachable goal. www.cchi4families.org
CCHI is a leader in health advocacy for children and families and is recognized as a statewide network of community organizations that champion enrollment in health coverage, access to care and other services.