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Nearly 700 Organizations Push Congressional Leaders to Protect Children's Health Care

December 20, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. — Cuts to Medicaid and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be severely detrimental to California children and families, a diverse group of 695 business, parent and community groups, faith-based congregations and health, education and social service organizations told the California's Congressional delegation in a letter sent by Children Now today.

"California has made enormous progress in ensuring that all of our state's children have health coverage– with all but 100,000 kids enrolled," Children Now President Ted Lempert said. "Hundreds of organizations and businesses are sending a clear message that rolling that back now would be damaging to children and families. Our leadership in D.C. needs to carefully consider any proposed changes to Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act."

The letter highlights the lifetime benefits for children who have health care coverage and warns leaders against harmful proposals or actions that would threaten children and family health. The letter comes on the heels of President-Elect Donald Trump's and congressional leaders' promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.   

The letter and listing of signatories is available on Children Now's website here. The final pdf of the letter is available here.


About Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education, and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,800 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more about us at

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