Below you will find a detailed list of bills that HOPE has taken a supportive position on for the 2015 Legislative cycle. HOPE is an advocacy organization whose platform promotes the advancement of Latinas in the State of California. HOPE’s engagement in advocacy is closely tied with the issues of: Civic Participation, Economic Empowerment, Education and Health Care. Hope strongly believes if these issues are met, our community as a whole will improve. The HOPE Board has decided to review all healthcare bills that are associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and analyze them to ensure the needs of Latinas are considered and met prior to enacting the bills into law. This information will be shared using HOPE.ACT.VOTE - an innovative online advocacy center that aims to connect over 1.6 million Latina registered voters with groundbreaking information, message boards, and advocacy tools to advance legislation impacting Latinas in the areas of education, health care, and increase economic and civic empowerment.



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Extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status. Requires the Secretary of California Health and Human Services Agency to apply to the federal Department of Health and Human Services for a Section 1332 innovation waiver in order to allow persons otherwise not able to obtain coverage through Covered California because of their immigration status to obtain coverage without premium or cost-sharing subsidies by waiving the requirement that Covered California offer only qualified health plans. Establishes the California Health Exchange Program for All Californians as a state exchange for individuals ineligible for Covered California because of their immigration status in the event federal approval of the Section 1332 waiver is not granted.



Block, Deleon, Liu

This bill would increase the total number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards granted annually to 30,000 and would increase the maximum tuition award amount for Cal Grant A and B for students at private nonprofit postsecondary schools to $9,084 for the 2015–16 award year and each award year thereafter. This bill would also establish, commencing with the 2015–16 academic year, the Competitive Incentive Grant Award to provide students with financial need attending a campus of the California State University with additional financial aid over a 3-year period, as specified.
















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