The soaring national poverty rate has made headlines all week: 2010 Census figures show the U.S. poverty rate is the second-highest in 45 years; record numbers lack health insurance and live in deep poverty.
The good news is you can take action today. Right now, Governor Jerry Brown has legislation on his desk that would make it much easier for low-income and unemployed families to access and enroll in subsidized health coverage – Assembly Bill 1296.
Help us make the the final push to pass AB 1296, which makes sure that there is “no wrong door” when low-income children and their families try to access health care – meaning, regardless of which program or plan they apply for in California, they will get enrolled in a health service plan.
Email Governor Brown today! Tell him that you want him to sign AB 1296! A sample email, more details about the bill, and action steps are below. If you need more support, contact United Way’s Susan Jeong at 415-808-4359.
Type in suggested text (or write your own!).
“My name is [name]. I’m writing to urge the Governor to sign AB 1296 – this bill will help millions of children and families access health care by streamlining the application process. Thank you.”
What does AB 1296 do?
This bill makes it easier for low-income families to get health coverage. If this bill passes, there will be one application for several health care options. This is good news for families who often find it difficult to navigate the public benefit systems.