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California Gets Failing Grade In Children’s Health Report Card

Aired 1/7/14 on KPBS News.

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 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.

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2014 California Children’s Report Card

2014 California Children’s Report Card

The non-profit group Children Now has issued its ...

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.

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JeanMarc | January 7, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. ― 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Parents of fat kids should be charged with child abuse.

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