Issues

Health Care

Access to quality, affordable care is a critical component to the health and economic stability of families.  COPA’s health care work involves increasing access, quality and affordability of care. With the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, many more families are eligible for the expanded MediCal program, as well as the federal subsidies for purchasing insurance through Covered California. COPA is working to ensure these families connect to programs available to them. However, undocumented members of our community do not qualify for MediCal or federal subsidies.  COPA’s Health Care Team is working with county leadership to ensure that all people, especially children, have access to quality care.

Accomplishments

  • In 2012, COPA worked on the “Stand Up and Take Charge Campaign” that included six issue areas including Affordable Housing, Community Health, Community Safety, Economic Opportunity, Immigration and Education. The 24 COPA Member Institutions committed, ratified and worked around the following three areas; signing up children for free or reduced cost health insurance, finding strategies with agricultural industry and affected areas facing groundwater contamination and protecting the wages and hours of service of in-home health care workers.
  • In 2012 Resurrection parishioners and SEIU members paired up to prevent threatening 10% pay cuts to home health care workers (pay from $11.50 to $10.35 per hour) and organize a petition drive that lead to actions with the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors in support of the SEIU United Long Term Care Workers. 400 signatures were collected; the joint teams of SEIU and COPA leaders met with supervisors and testified at public hearings. After a year and a half of negotiations, the Board of Supervisors agreed to maintain wages at $11.50.
  • In 2008, the COPA Health Care Team worked with County Supervisors to restore more than $1.2 million in proposed cuts to social services in Santa Cruz County due to the state budget shortfall. COPA collaborated with Supervisors to find local monies to lessen the impact.
  • In 2009, piloted a Children’s Healthcare Enrollment event in partnership with Poder Popular, St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Gonzales and the Monterey County Department of Social Services to increase access to the Healthy Families program.

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