Manzo, Pete

Peter Manzo is President & CEO of United Ways of California. United Ways of California raises millions a year to address important community issues including health and human services. Their mission is to work together to build a stronger California by mobilizing our communities' public, private and non-profit sectors through research, civic engagement, public policy advocacy and results based funding to ensure a positive impact in our communities.

Elimination of Health Coverage to Children Penny-wise and Pound-Foolish

petemanzo.jpgBy Pete Manzo
President and CEO
United Ways of California

Proposals to eliminate health coverage for as many as 1 million California children epitomize the insight behind the adage “penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

California’s Healthy Families program provides low-cost insurance to children whose parents work, but can’t afford insurance on the private market. It has been experiencing record demand as more and more families lose health coverage in an ailing economy. In fact, more than 300,000 California children lost employer-sponsored health coverage over the past 18 months.