Tell Your Representatives: I Support #Health4All Californians!
What Does #Health4All Do?
The #Health4All Platform (Assembly Bill 4 & Senate Bill 29) would expand health care access to all low-income undocumented adults (ages 27- 64) and seniors (ages 65+) in California by removing the unjust exclusion to Medi-Cal based on immigration status.
Background: Undocumented Californians are facing a health care crisis. Over the last two years, the federal government has carried out harmful attacks on immigrant communities by separating families, increasing deportations, and undermining our health care system and safety net. This has resulted in serious physical and mental trauma in the community.
California must step up and protect the health of all low-income Californians, regardless of where they were born.
Status: Currently AB 4 is in the Senate Health committee, and SB 29 is currently on the Assembly Floor. A budget request accompanies both bills to ensure California invests the money needed to make Health4All Adults a reality. AB 4 and SB 29 will not be successful without California investing in Health4All through the budget.
How much does this cost? The Governor estimates that Health4All adults will cost about $1.8 billion and approximately 1.15 million people would receive the benefit. The Governor’s proposed budget in January allocated $80.5 million to expand Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented seniors 65+ beginning on January 1, 2021.
Each year Californians suffer and die from treatable illnesses due to their inability to access medical care and other preventive services. By funding Health4All, especially for our elders, we can ensure that families across the state have access to the medical care they deserve.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that our health is deeply interconnected with that of every Californian and we must recognize our shared humanity and care for each other, and those most vulnerable to falling through the gaps of our social safety net.
Health4All will ensure that our undocumented seniors who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 can visit a doctor and access medical treatment before it becomes an emergency.
Our loved ones are dying because they don’t get the care they need. We need Health4All Californians now!
Send a message to your representative using this form and give them a call telling them why you support Health4All Seniors and Californians!
CALLING SCRIPT BELOW:
"My name is ___(your name)_____, and I'm calling from ____(your city)____, to ask ____(your legislator)_____ to support the inclusion of Health4All Seniors in the state budget, which would remove barriers to Medi-Cal for low income undocumented adults over 65. As you may know, Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised proposed budget, which no longer includes Health4All Seniors. Despite his assurances that he believes such coverage is life-saving and has his support, his new budget does not include funds to create it.
As your constituent, I am asking you to tell Gov. Newsom that you support Health4All Seniors AND it's re-inclusion in his proposed budget for California. The ongoing efforts to protect Californians from COVID-19 and promote their health and safety is a reason to expand coverage to all Californians - not a reason to continue to deny it.
As a Unitarian Universalist, I affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Elders are our family, friends, neighbors, and workers. They are excluded from healthcare despite contributing to our communities for decades. With the recent pandemic, Health4All Seniors needs to be implemented as soon as possible! No one should suffer or die of a treatable illness, no matter their age or where they were born.
It is a betrayal of our core moral values to leave behind our most vulnerable communities, especially the elderly. All seniors deserve to be able to access care and age with grace and dignity. All of our policymakers and elected officials must ensure needed services for all of our elders, including undocumented Californians. Including Health4All Seniors in the budget is essential to creating a healthy, safe, and just California for all.
Please contact Gov. Newsom today and tell him his proposed budget is incomplete - he must include Health4All Seniors in order for it to be a budget that your constituents support."
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