Advocate for California’s Moms and Babies
The March of Dimes California Chapter leads policy and legislative efforts that support our mission of improving the health of women, infants and children by reducing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The key to that success is the commitment and involvement of our grassroots volunteers in demonstrating to policy makers and legislators how the work that we do saves lives in California. Below are details about our current policy priorities and how you can get involved in these efforts.
- Volunteers from around the state will gather in Sacramento on May 13th for our annual Capitol Day to advocate for legislative priorities to improve maternal and child health.
- Sign up for the March of Dimes Advocacy Network to receive updates and action alerts related to our advocacy priorities.
California Advocacy Issues and Priorities
- March of Dimes has three key advocacy priorities in California in 2015:
Redesign of the California Children’s Services Program
Newborn Screening/Blood Spots
- Read the 2014 Advocacy Year in Review to learn about our successful efforts to restore funding for the Black Infant Health Program and to ensure comprehensive health coverage for low-income pregnant women.
- Read the 2014 Legislative Vote Record to see how members of the California Legislature voted on bills March of Dimes supported in 2014.
- In 2014, March of Dimes led a coalition of organizations to get funding restored for the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program. This vital public health program, in addition to supporting medical care, fully addresses all the factors that impact African-American mothers, including chronic stress, economic hardship and the need for empowerment. The support of March of Dimes volunteers led to the successful inclusion of $4 million for the BIH program in the 2014-15 state budget. Restoration of this funding will allow the BIH Program to serve more women and can lead to reductions in infant mortality, low birthweight and prematurity for Black infants.
- March of Dimes also successfully worked to strengthen language in the state budget to ensure that low-income pregnant women have access to comprehensive maternity coverage.
Starting October 1, 2013, Californians can sign up for health insurance through Covered California, the health insurance marketplace created to implement the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The March of Dimes supports the ACA and advocated for many laws and regulations to implement it in California because it will provide important opportunities to ensure healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. For more information on how the ACA benefits the health of women, children and families, see our Covered California fact sheet.
To get more information from Covered California or to sign up for health insurance, click on the Covered California button below: