The California Endowment has announced a three-year, $25 million effort to protect the health, safety, and wellness of all Californians.
With Donald Trump just a month from his inauguration as forty-fifth president of the United States, the fate of millions of Californians who currently have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) has been a significant cause for concern among health organizations in the state. According to the endowment, Californians, since the passage of the ACA, have demonstrated their commitment to providing everyone in the state, regardless of immigration status, with access to quality, affordable health care. In 2016, the state expanded its California-only Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program to undocumented children, while on Election Day voters approved three measures — Propositions 52, 55, and 56 — to allocate more state funding to the program.
In partnership with local and state agencies, the endowment's Fight4All initiative will invest primarily in grantees of the foundation's Building Healthy Communities initiative. And to cover the costs of the new program, the endowment will reallocate some of the funds it had planned to award to nonprofits working to implement Obamacare.
"California was a champion for the successful implementation of [the] Affordable Care Act and was one of the first states to implement the act," said Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment. "Undocumented and lower-income Californians have been at the core of our statewide Health4All campaign, and we will continue to support the fight to protect their wellness, health coverage, and safety net services. We know that California's Central Valley has the most to lose, as it is has the highest concentration of Medi-Cal recipients in the state and we cannot allow them to fall through the cracks."