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CA’s well-being report finds mixed results for state’s children

LA School Report | January 7, 2016

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By Tom Chorneau

State officials won high marks for efforts to make sure all low-income children are covered by health insurance but challenges still stand when it comes to ensuring access to care and to specialized services, according to a new survey.

The 2016 report card on California from Children Now estimated that during the two years ending in 2015 almost 350,000 gained health insurance benefits, cutting the size of the uninsured population down to about 4 percent. Largely as the result of a budget deal last June, California became one of only a handful of states that allow all income-eligible children coverage regardless of immigration status.

Diving deeper, the report card gave California a C-minus for access to health care services; a D-plus when it came to oral health; and a D-plus for mental and behavior health.

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