Dr. Richard Pan and the California Coverage and Health Initiatives Celebrate Medi-Cal’s Vital Role in Keeping Californians Healthy

Informational Video Highlights Why Californians Need a Healthy Medi-Cal System

May 23, 2017

Sacramento, CA—Just as legislative action at the federal level threaten to strip Medi-Cal coverage from vulnerable Californians, Dr. Richard Pan joined the California Coverage and Health Initiatives in recognizing the importance of access to health care in the lives of Californians. 

“To understand Medi-Cal’s vital role, we need not look further than who it covers, because one-third of all Californians are on Medi-Cal as well as half of all children and half of all pregnant women,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento region.  “When you have a third of all people enrolled in one health care system, it is absolutely imperative that it lives up to its promise and keeps people healthy and in turn, our economy strong.” 

The California Coverage and Health Initiatives named May 2017 as “Medi-Cal Awareness Month” to recognize that when a person has health care and is healthy, they are better able to work, support their families, learn, and grow. They also hope to demonstrate that it is critical to make health care coverage available to all Californians that need it through the Medi-Cal system. 

“At Sacramento Covered, we take great pride in helping Sacramentans enroll in, stay in, and navigate our complex health system,” said Kelly Bennett, CEO of Sacramento Covered and Chair of the CCHI Board. “Our consumers are the life of our community—we love helping families achieve their health goals.”

“California Coverage and Health Initiatives’ members are on the front line of our health care delivery system,” said Mark Diel, Chief Executive Officer of the California Coverage and Health Initiatives. “They create strong, trusted relationships with our most vulnerable low-income and immigrant children and families and help them enroll in and navigate health care.”

The California Coverage and Health Initiatives’ 40 members have a presence in 44 counties across the state and serve over half a million Californians annually. These local organizations build strong relationships with our constituents and are truly the “front line” of the health care delivery system. There is action pending at the federal level that threatens to take away and that jeopardizes funding in California’s state budget.