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Historic Health Care Reform

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

October 9, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

HISTORIC HEALTH CARE REFORM IS HERE

Covered California, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, opened its doors for enrollment October 1, 2013. Starting now, most children and adults can sign up for affordable health coverage options at the Covered California Web site at https://www.coveredca.com/ External link opens in new window or tab..

As you know, across California, schools are community centers and trusted sources of information–and that means that education leaders have an unparalleled opportunity to help connect students, parents, and the education workforce to affordable, comprehensive health care. I hope you will join The Children’s Partnership and me in our ALL IN “health care for all families” outreach and enrollment campaign.

No one sees more clearly than you that healthy kids make good learners. When children have access to preventive screenings, immunizations, and regular check-ups, they are able to stay healthy. That means better attendance and better performance in the classroom. And with reliable, affordable coverage, children and adults are also able to get care when they get sick.

We want our staff members and families, child care centers, athletic and after school programs, and school nurses to be part of the ALL IN campaign. Working together, we can ensure everyone is informed about new health coverage opportunities, how to enroll, and where to go for more information and assistance.

The ALL IN campaign is making it easy for schools to help families. The enclosed materials provide schools a “game plan” for school action, along with information to share directly with families, including an easy-to-use wallet card with information on how to enroll. Additional materials, including a brief informational webinar, will be added to the ALL IN school outreach toolkit soon. All of these materials are downloadable from www.allinforhealth.org External link opens in new window or tab..

I hope you will help your schools get the word out. By sharing this information at athletic events, back-to-school nights, morning drop-offs, parent-teacher conferences, and more, we can make a huge difference in the health and well-being of the children whose futures are entrusted to us.

For more information on ALL IN, please contact The Children’s Partnership at (916) 844-2413, or go to the ALL IN Web site at www.allinforhealth.org External link opens in new window or tab..

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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