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Governor Brown Signs Bill Protecting California’s Sickest Kids

September 26, 2016


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Children’s advocates applaud Governor Brown’s decision to sign Senate Bill 586 (Hernandez) to protect California’s most medically fragile children.

SB 586 will help prevent potentially life-threatening disruptions in care during an upcoming restructure of state program California Children’s Services (CCS), which currently coordinates healthcare for California’s medically fragile kids. This bill will help ensure that the program restructure is done carefully, allowing CCS kids to keep their existing providers for at least 12 months, and giving families input into changes in care for their kids.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Health Care Services, legislators, health plans, providers, counties and families to make sure that these vulnerable children are well cared for during this transition.

Kelly Hardy, Senior Managing Director of Health Policy at Children Now, said in a statement:

“Children Now applauds Governor Brown for signing SB 586 (Hernandez) to protect California’s sickest kids. We’re already reaching out to families to explain their options and rights in the restructured California Children’s Services system. CCS kids need extra specialized health care, and we will do everything we can to ensure they get just that.”

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