In my spare time (ha!) I serve on the board of directors for the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, which helps fund the “Healthy Kids” program for our county. You may know that Santa Clara County was the FIRST in the nation to ensure health coverage for all kids.
That’s all at risk now.
We knew this fight was coming with our state’s budget mess, and fortunately we have an army of fighters. One is Dr. Heidi Roman, a pediatrician at Valley Medical Center. Her article in today’s Mercury News says it so well…in part:
I understand that California legislators face an exceptionally complex and difficult task in balancing the budget. Yet elimination of Healthy Families is not only morally reprehensible, it is fiscally irresponsible. The state currently receives 2-to-1 matching funds from the federal government to administer Healthy Families. This money would be lost. In addition, we know that lack of health insurance leads to poorer health and increased future reliance on the state in the long term.
Read the full article here, and let’s hope the Governor does the same.