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Governor Brown Signs Bill Protecting Kids with Serious Medical Conditions

October 12, 2015

Oakland, CA—Children’s advocates applaud Governor Brown’s decision to sign AB 187 (Bonta), extending the California Children’s Services (CCS) program for another year in its current form. CCS serves approximately 180,000 children with serious, and sometimes life-threatening, health conditions.

Advocates, state agencies, health providers and other stakeholders have been working on a plan to improve service provision under the program. AB 187, which was unanimously approved by the Legislature, ensures that health care for these vulnerable children is not disrupted during this planning period.

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

“We are thrilled that Governor Brown has signed AB 187 to extend the California Children’s Services (CCS) program for another year in its current form. CCS serves approximately 180,000 children with very serious conditions such as spina bifida, cancer, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease. AB 187, which was unanimously approved by the Legislature, provides more time for detailed discussions to find the best and least disruptive path for improving CCS service delivery. We look forward to continue working with Secretary Dooley, the Department of Health Care Services, legislators, health plans, providers, counties and families to improve health care delivery for the medically fragile children in the CCS program.”

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