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Yolo assemblywoman working on bill for Papillomavirus vaccine

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry wants to cover all women of child-bearing age

A new law proposed by a Yolo County assembly member would provide the Human Papillomavirus vaccine to those enrolled in the California Family Planning, Action, Care and Treatment Program.

The Family PACT Program covers all residents of a state who are of childbearing age or those who are able to get someone pregnant. Enrollees must also be below 200% of the federal poverty line.

For a family of three, 200% of the poverty line would be an annual income of $43,440. There are an estimated 1.1 million Californians registered in the program.

Follow Her Lead: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

California Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry credits her success to a few pointers from her father, who taught high school leadership classes in Winters. “Always look people in the eye when you shake their hand, always thank the hostess at a party for inviting you,” she recites from memory. “Ultimately, that’s what got me into doing public service: making sure I respected people and listened to people all along the way.” 

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Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Eloise Reyes introduce bills declaring state open to refugees

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, and Eloise Reyes, D- San Bernardino, introduced two bills last week to protect, support, and welcome refugees in California, according to a news release from Aguiar-Curry’s office.

Authored by Aguiar-Curry, Assembly Bill 3133 codifies California’s commitment to resettling refugees as part of the United States Reception and Placement program, and specifically prohibits discrimination of a refugee anywhere in California on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, creed, or sexual orientation, her office said.

Aguiar-Curry backs pro-refugee legislation

SACRAMENTO — Assembly members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) and Eloise Reyes (D- San Bernardino) introduced Assembly Bill 3133 and Assembly Bill 3134 on Friday, together on the floor of the State Assembly to show their partnership in the fight to protect, support and welcome refugees in California. The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing violence, conflict or instability and California has actively received newly arrived refugees since 1980.

PD Editorial: Aguiar-Curry stands out in 4th Assembly District

Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry represents a district that stretches from Rohnert Park to Lake Pillsbury and almost all the way to the state Capitol in Sacramento. There are midsized cities and rural areas, affluent neighborhoods and some of California's poorest communities.

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Proposes Innovative Children’s Mental Health Access Network to Bring Care to All Kids in California

SACRAMENTO— On Wednesday, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) introduced Assembly Bill 2464, which creates and funds the establishment of a Children’s Mental Health Access Network to ensure that all California doctors and allied health professionals caring for youth have access to specialty mental healthcare services, regardless of their location. Many children and adolescents’ mental health needs could be effectively managed in a primary care setting, but their pediatric primary care providers currently lack the specialized training and resources they need. This bill utilizes existing health technology and collaboration between providers to solve the problem.

“Too many of our children are in crisis, and the lack of trained mental health professionals is an enormous contributor,” said Aguiar-Curry. “We must continue efforts to recruit and train new specialty mental health professionals, but we must also act now to connect children’s primary care providers with mental health experts.  By using telehealth and provider-to-provider consultation, we can make children’s mental health services accessible throughout California today.”

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Assemblymembers Aguiar-Curry and Limón Introduce Legislative Package to Tackle Alzheimer’s Crisis

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) and Monique Limón (D- Santa Barbara) introduced Assembly Bill 2047 and Assembly Bill 2048, flanked on the floor of the State Assembly by advocates from the Alzheimer’s Association. These two companion bills would promote greater awareness and earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The bills provide seniors, providers, and caregivers with the tools they need to recognize and plan for an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and lay the groundwork for treatment strategies later in the life of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis. It is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease, which results in memory loss, impaired cognitive function, and ultimately death. The over-65 population in California is projected to grow to 8.6 million by 2030, and though Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of growing old, aging is the greatest known risk factor for developing the disease. According to the California Department of Public Health, deaths in California due to Alzheimer’s disease increased 243% from 2000 to 2015, and in 2015 Alzheimer’s was the third leading cause of death.