Lesson from California on Advancing Coverage for All Children
The report provides a roadmap of how California got to coverage for all children and provides universal lessons for future social change to sustain the well-being of all of California’s children and their families. While based on California’s experience, these insights can be adapted to fit the unique set of circumstances in other states and localities. We look forward to working with our partners and our government to ensure children in all families are healthy, feel secure, and continue to thrive.
In 2015, California passed a law that allows all low-income undocumented children and youth under 19 years old to enroll in full-scope Medi-Cal.
As of May 16, 2016, all low-income children, regardless of immigration status, are able to enroll in health coverage and get care.
Key screenings and checkups are very important for a child’s healthy development. Unlike restricted-scope Medi-Cal covered services, including annual checkups, regular doctor visits, vaccinations, mental health care, and dental care and treatment. Many of these services are at no cost to your family. Getting regular preventive care, like checkups and screenings, makes it possible to treat health problems before they become more serious.
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