Media Memo

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CWDA Media Memo

The CWDA Media Memo is a weekly compilation of local, state and federal news on human services programs, policies, legislation and the children, families and individuals served by the human services system.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – April 28, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: after sending strong signals early in the week they would move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, House Republican leaders again delayed a vote planned for Thursday. The Los Angeles Times offers a look at the history of the In-Home Supportive Services Program and why it’s so often at the heart of state budget debates and discussion. A new analysis from HUD finds even six-figure salaries put some families at the “low income” mark and shut out of the housing market. California’s immigrant families are working closely with community agencies to put plans in place and ensure children whose parents are deported are cared for by family or friends. And finally, those who have worked with homeless youth for years and advocates fighting human trafficking are understanding they must work together to end both epidemics. 

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – April 14, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: a study out this week shows the Medicaid expansion has paid off for many states. The In-Home Supportive Services program has become vital for thousands of Californians to safely stay in their homes but a plan by the state to shift costs to counties has patients, caregivers and counties worried about the future of the program and all county services. Finally, there’s still time for Californians to claim the state earned income tax credit as they file tax returns. Learn how to take advantage of the credit or help others earn back money.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – April 7, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: Despite talks of another urgent push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congress looks posed to leave on their two-week recess today without further action. California lawmakers in the Assembly and the Senate passed measures to provide further protections to immigrants. And learn about a Bay Area grocer trying to help families maximize produce purchases with their CalFresh benefits, similar to efforts seen at farmers markets.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – April 3, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: two California lawmakers are pushing for universal health care and starting to pull details together but many questions remain unanswered. California human service agencies and partners have seen the trend for months, and now national organizations are reporting it too: immigrants who are legally eligible for public assistance are turning away the help out of fears of deportation. In our section on stories about homelessness, read about two different women – one in Southern California, the other in the Bay Area - unexpectedly homeless late in life after getting swept up in financial crisis, even after years of trying to provide for themselves. Plus, read how CWDA and other child welfare organizations are working to make child care more accessible to resource families eager to open up their homes to children in foster care under AB 1164. 

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – March 25, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: House GOP leaders pull the American Health Care Act from the floor for a vote Friday, after millions of patients, providers, advocates and others made it clear the plan would mean worse health care and higher costs, and share how the Affordable Care Act has changed their lives. On Thursday, California officials laid out the hit the state would take under the GOP plan: $6 billion by 2020 and $24.3 billion by 2027. Groups in the Bay Area are among a growing number of entities helping immigrants prepare for the worst by making deportation-preparedness plans. And learn what Los Angeles County homeless advocates are doing to create incentives for local landlords in their push to find housing for more families and individuals. 

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – March 17, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: analysis by the Congressional Budget Office of the House GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act confirms that from children to the elderly, poor Americans will suffer and lose health care coverage. President Trump released his federal budget proposal and as one report summed up: “The president’s blueprint would disrupt almost everything California does, in some cases quite brutally.” Learn about a state task force trying to tackle the challenging questions around support of caregivers who care for aging family members. And be sure to read the powerful op-ed by two CWDA partners who explain SB 1322 and make it clear: there’s #NoSuchThing as a child prostitute.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – March 10, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: House Republicans released their plan for addressing health care in the nation and by all accounts it goes well beyond repealing measures in the Affordable Care Act and would mean drastic changes for all Californians and the Medi-Cal program; read why older Americans are among the groups voicing some of the strongest concerns about proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act; and a Los Angeles school official shares how he and others are talking to students about what to do if their parents are detained by immigration officers.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – March 3, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: the Los Angeles Times profiles Sen. Holly Mitchell achieving the position she and advocates hoped to see her appointed to: chair of the Senate budget committee; CWDA Deputy Executive Director Cathy Senderling-McDonald talks with KPCC on federal budget discussions and the effects cuts could have on child poverty and the safety net; a former foster youth shares what having health care coverage under Medi-Cal/Medicaid has meant for her and why maintaining coverage up to age 26 for foster youth must be a critical part of any changes to the Affordable Care Act; and Alameda County launches a website to educate the public about the many benefits they receive under Medi-Cal and the Affordable Care Act.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – February 28, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: as more information is learned about Republicans’ plans for the Affordable Care Act, California counties are evaluating how a repeal would affect constituents and budgets; the state Environmental Protection Agency released a new report declaring west Fresno is the most environmentally, socially and economically vulnerable place in California and pollution is a big part of the story; and read how Ventura County is honoring partnerships with landlords who are helping CalWORKs families find safe, stable homes through the Housing Support Program.  

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – February 18, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: House Republicans have officially released their plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act, and as feared, it would devastate the Medicaid program; meanwhile a CDC survey shows California’s uninsured rate is down to just 7.1% thanks to strides made under the ACA and Medicaid expansion; survivors of sex trafficking and advocates are educating the medical field in California on the trauma and abuse signs to often overlooked so doctors and nurses can better respond and intervene; the number of Alzheimer’s cases is growing rapidly across the entire U.S. population but particularly among Latinos, learn how the medical community and caregivers are preparing.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – February 11, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: despite uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act, Covered California saw a last minute influx of new enrollees just before their deadline; read  about a Los Angeles County foster father who shows incredible love and dedication taking in terminally ill children and ensuring they aren’t alone at death; watch the story of a Ventura County couple share their journey of becoming foster parents and encouragement to others; and the push is on to help working families get their earned income tax credit. A profile in Orange County reminds people what the EITC is and how to help families get it.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – February 3, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: focus is on California’s Central Valley and why the Affordable Care Act is so critical to that region; an early intervention program in Ventura County is working to break the cycle of poverty for families; Contra Costa County’s local campaign to find more resource families is getting attention from the media and public; and Sen. Joel Anderson of San Diego reminds people why SB 1322, which became law January 1, is an important protection for child victims of sex trafficking.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – January 20, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: studies and stories continue to show the dire effects for people and local economies if the Affordable Care Act is repealed; online publication TalkPoverty takes a closer look at a recent SNAP study on household purchasing and finds no major differences in the expenditure patterns of SNAP and non-SNAP households, despite what a major news article mislead readers to believe; and survivors of child sex trafficking make it clear why a new California law ending the practice of arresting sex trafficked children is so important.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – January 13, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: Governor Brown released his proposed 2017-18 budget, maintaining support for the Medi-Cal program and keeping general fund spending flat; a new study shows the difference the ACA and health care has made in the housing arena, allowing many poor working families to afford their rents; learn how a Butte County group is raising awareness about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience).

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – January 6, 2017

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo: KPCC takes an in-depth look at the rise of homelessness among CalWORKs families and the effect on children; counties have an urgent need for resource families just like Dominique Soileau, a Sonoma County foster mom who shares what becoming a part of a child’s life has meant to her and her encouragement to those thinking about becoming a foster parent; California continues to analyze and understand what an ACA repeal would mean for people and the economy; and finally, learn about a unique program tackling loneliness among seniors.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – December 22, 2016

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo, California embraced the Affordable Care Act and a new study shows how that’s paid off;  Orange County becomes the latest to move forward with a program that allows those who are elderly, disabled and homeless to use CalFresh to buy prepared meals; and a recent study looks at the “stress load” of low-income Americans and its contribution to their premature deaths.

CWDA’s Media Memo will be on hiatus until January 6, 2017. Happy Holidays from CWDA!

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – December 14, 2016

In this edition of the CWDA Media Memo, what can we expect from the California Legislature in the new year? Plus, congressional Republicans have vowed to take quick action in January to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act but many experts question the timing and support of following through on that campaign promise. And learn what the San Francisco Human Services Agency is doing to help people who are homeless and eligible for SSI benefits apply for the support in the hopes it can help those individuals move into permanent housing.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – December 2, 2016

In this week’s CWDA Media Memo, read what experts are saying about possible changes to the Affordable Care Act and what it could mean for the one in three Californians who now receive health care coverage through Medi-Cal; learn about a program addressing loneliness among seniors; and a new report on homelessness among children finds 527,000 children in California are without a home – that’s one-fifth of the nation’s child homeless population.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – November 18, 2016

To submit stories for inclusion in CWDA’s weekly Media Memo, email Sarah Jimenez. County staff and others not currently receiving the Media Memo directly can sign up on the CWDA website at the bottom of the home page.

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News on Human Services Programs, Legislation & the People We Serve – November 4, 2016

To submit stories for inclusion in CWDA’s weekly Media Memo, email Sarah Jimenez. County staff and others not currently receiving the Media Memo directly can sign up on the CWDA website at the bottom of the home page.

*Media Memo will be on hiatus the week of November 7.*