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California Gets Failing Grade In Children’s Health Report Card

The report card measures how well California children are faring in three major areas: education, health and the welfare of foster youth.

Written by Kenny Goldberg/KPBS


The report card measures how well California children are faring in three major areas: education, health and the welfare of foster youth. There are 27 categories in all, ranging from K-12 funding to obesity.

The health grades are especially bad. For example, health care access got a C-minus, while mental health got a D.

Children Now President Ted Lempert said California just doesn’t do enough to give kids a fair shot.

“Despite the lip service given to kids, and I think most people’s genuine concern to make sure that we put our kids first, when you look at a national comparison, our prioritization of children is way below most other states,” Lempert explained.

For example, the report card says California's Medicaid reimbursements for doctors and dentists are among the lowest in the nation, which functions as a disincentive to treat children on Medi-Cal. In addition, the report points out only 2 percent of California's public schools have a school-based health center.

Lempert hopes the report card catches the attention of California lawmakers. He says research shows investments in quality programs for kids provide major returns.

See the report online.

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Kevin George January 07, 2014 at 06:47 PM
The taxpayers of the State of California spend $60,000,000 a year to maintain the California Department of Health Care Services which provides health care for anyone under the age of 21. http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ccs/Pages/ProgramOverview.aspx

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