Two bills in the Legislature (ABX1 1/SBX1 1) would extend health coverage to more women of childbearing age and expand Medi-Cal benefits for pregnant women.
Here are some facts:
- As of 2011, an average of 25.3% of women of childbearing age were uninsured here in California.
- Of the uninsured, Latinas and immigrant women have the least access to health insurance and, as a result, experience disproportionate health disparities.
- About 856,000 uninsured women in our state would be eligible if Medicaid were expanded up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
- Currently, women up to 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible for only pregnancy-related and postpartum services. Providing full scope benefits to pregnant women will improve their overall health and help reduce premature and low birth weight babies.
These two bills will help to promote health equity here in California but we are not sure that Governor Brown will sign them.
That's why we're asking you to take a couple of minutes today to call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 and ask that he support ABx1 1 and SBx 1 1.
Governor Brown shouldn't just be hearing from health insurance
companies on a bill this important. He needs to hear from us, urging him
to stand up for women (especially Latinas and immigrant women) by
supporting ABx1 1 and SBx1 1!
Can't call? No problem. Take a moment to email the governor by clicking here.
You can play a key role in promoting health equity in California. Please join me in calling Governor Brown NOW!
For Equality & In Solidarity,
President, California NOW