CCHI Sponsored AB 2706 Would Reduce Eligible but Uninsured Children
SACRAMENTO —Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced the passage of Assembly Bill 2706 off the Assembly Floor on a concurrence vote. This Assembly Bill seeks to reduce the number of eligible but uninsured children by offering parents or legal guardians information about health care coverage options and enrollment assistance upon enrolling their child into school.
“Year after year, parents take crucial first steps in the education of their children with the enrollment in preschool or kindergarten. By providing parents with the tools to empower them, we not only provide resources, but we secure a healthy long-term relationship for our children’s future. As we insure our children early on, we promote healthy living and instill a sense of affordable health care for parents,” stated Hernández.
The expansion of health care coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) generated approximately seven million newly eligible Californians as of January 1, 2014. Of those 7 million, nearly one million children under the age of 18 are uninsured and 67% of these qualify for Medi-Cal. California children who newly enroll in a health coverage program experience a nearly 63% improvement in performance and paying attention in class making them better prepared to succeed in a learning environment.
“CCHI is thrilled to be working with Assemblymember Hernandez on AB 2706 which will bring important information about health coverage and its impact on children’s academic success to parents at school registration,” said Suzie Shupe, Executive Director of California Coverage & Health Initiatives. “There is no more trusted messenger than our public schools to help parents make the connection between health coverage for their children and improved achievements in school and in life.”
Hernández proudly serves the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, West Covina and the unincorporated communities of: Bassett, Charter Oak, East Arcadia, Ramona, Royal Oaks and Valinda. Hernández also serves as Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and the Select Committee on Post-Secondary Access and Matriculation.
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.