March of Dimes California Capitol Day 2016

Sacramento, California | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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Press Release: Senator Ben Allen

Press Release: Assembly Member Catharine Baker

Nearly 80 March of Dimes volunteers and staff were in Sacramento on May 17, 2016 for our annual Capitol Day event to advocate for legislation to improve the health of infants and children.  

March of Dimes recognized Assembly Member Catharine Baker for her leadership and votes on key maternal and child health bills including bills related to immunizations, newborn screening and tobacco control.

Senator Ben Allen was recognized by March of Dimes for co-authoring SB 277, which eliminated the personal belief exemption from school immunization law. Senator Ben Allen co-authored SB 277 with Senator Richard Pan, who received the 2012 March of Dimes Legislative Champion Award for authoring and getting signed into law AB 395 in 2011 to require newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).

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.

March of Dimes has three key advocacy priorities in California in 2016:

California Advocacy Issues and Priorities

  • March of Dimes is advocating to ensure continued quality care for children during the redesign efforts for the California Children’s Services Program.
  • We are advocating for $6 million in restored funding for the Adolescent Family Life Program to provide vital services to pregnant and parenting teens.

Read more about our advocacy efforts, sign up for action alerts, and volunteer by reading information at this link:

http://www.marchofdimes.org/california/getinvolved_advocacy.html

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.

March of Dimes has three key advocacy priorities in California in 2016:

California Advocacy Issues and Priorities

  • March of Dimes is advocating to ensure continued quality care for children during the redesign efforts for the California Children’s Services Program.
  • We are advocating for $6 million in restored funding for the Adolescent Family Life Program to provide vital services to pregnant and parenting teens.

Read more about our advocacy efforts, sign up for action alerts, and volunteer by reading information at this link:

http://www.marchofdimes.org/california/getinvolved_advocacy.html

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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