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Make Your Mom Proud: Spread the Word about Medicaid and CHIP!

Being a mom is one of life’s greatest experiences, but nobody will ever say it’s easy.  Being entrusted with the health, safety, and well being of a child is the ultimate responsibility, one that no mom takes lightly.  No mother wants her children to be sick and unable to get the heath care they need and at the same time every mother lives in fear that she might become ill or injured and unable to care for her children. Getting health coverage can be difficult, but there is now reason for new hope.

Su propio regalo del Día de las Madres

¿Sabía usted que, aunque se ha cerrado la temporada de inscripción abierta para el seguro de salud, inscripción al Medicaid y el Programa de seguro médico para niños (CHIP, por sus siglas en inglés) ocurre durante todo el año?

Teeth Need Care Too!

In our ongoing conversation about health and healthcare, we often forget to mention dental health. Did you know tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of children? According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2 to 5 years and half of those aged 12 to 15. It’s even worse for lower-income families. About half of these kids and two-thirds of those aged 12 to 19 had or do have decay issues.

If you have ever suffered through a tooth ache, you know how painful they can be. For our children, untreated cavities can cause pain, bad behavior, school absences, concentration issues and insecurities about appearance.  

The good news is that tooth decay is preventable and 100% curable. In addition to regular visits to a dentist or dental clinic beginning at about age one, we as parents need to encourage and model good oral healthcare practices with our children. These core practices shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. They include brushing, flossing and healthy eating.

Groundbreaking Bill for Pregnant Women in Prison Goes to Massachusetts Governor

Today the Massachusetts Legislature sent Governor Deval Patrick an important and long-awaited bill to guarantee minimum standards for pregnant women in jail and prison, including strict limits on shackling.

Governor Patrick has ten days to sign the bill into law. He has already said he wants to sign it.

Wins

The bill bans the use of any restraints on women during labor and childbirth, period. No exceptions.

The bill bans the use of waist chains and leg irons on women who are pregnant or who have given birth, period. No exceptions. This is one of the most far-reaching protections in any state statute.

Niños en California son Elegibles para Medi-Cal Gratis Todo El Año – Vamos a Inscribirlos Hoy Día

To read in English, click here.

El verano ya casi esta aquí y California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) y todos nuestros miembros del estado queremos ver a niños en California saludables, en donde viven y juegan. Los estudios demuestran que los niños con cobertura médica crecen mejor preparados para la vida y de igual manera listos para aprender en la escuela.  Es por esto que queremos recordarles a todos que la inscripción en cobertura de salud es gratis por medio del programa de Medicaid en California, Medi-Cal, y está disponible todo el año para niños.

No hay fecha límite para aplicar, así que mire si usted y su familia son elegibles AHORA contactando su consejero de elegibilidad. Puede buscar al más cercano por medio de su código postal (AQI) o puede llamar a Covered California al 1 (800) 300-1506 y ellos le ayudaran.

Your Mother’s Day gift to you

Did you know that, even though open enrollment season for health insurance has closed, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is open all-year round?

Good news for pregnant moms

This is good news for expectant moms who cannot afford coverage, since it means that they can still get the prenatal care needed for a healthy pregnancy. While the details of the benefits vary by state, coverage includes, at minimum, all health care related to pregnancy, labor, and delivery and any complications that may occur during pregnancy. Eligibility levels also vary slightly by state. Generally, a total family income of $44,122 for a family of four will qualify pregnant moms for low-cost or free health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP. (But check with your state for details.)

Good news for children

Medicaid Means Healthy Kids and Bright Futures

When it comes to children’s health, every parent knows that the early years are crucial. President Lyndon B. Johnson echoed that sentiment when he pushed to expand the Medicaid program to focus on children’s health more than 40 years ago.

Despite getting more children health insurance coverage, not every child in America has the same chance at a healthy future. Low-income children are more likely to have problems affecting their behavioral development, vision, hearing, and oral health—all situations that can affect how children learn, play and grow. Low-income children of color are disproportionately affected, as they are more likely than other children to suffer from a range of health problems, including developmental delay, lead poisoning, dental caries, and asthma.  

Clearly, low-income children need access to routine preventive services and treatment of detected problems. This is where Medicaid comes in.  

Healthy Kids Make Better Learners

The School-Based Health Alliance serves as the national voice for school-based health centers (SBHCs), and our mission is to improve the health status of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based health care.

While our mission is focused on access to health care in school, our vision is that all children and adolescents are healthy and achieving at their fullest potential. One of the best ways to fulfill this vision is to ensure all children have health insurance. That’s why we are joining with the Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign and Moms Rising during this Blog Carnival. It is vital for families to know that they can enroll in Medicaid and CHIP year-round. Increased insurance enrollment improves the sustainability of the health system for vulnerable children and teens, and strengthens the ability of health care providers—including SBHCs—to serve their communities.

How the ACA Helps Low-Income Parents – and Children – Succeed

A few weeks ago, President Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges; 28 percent (about 2.2 million) were between ages 18 and 34.  But also important for young adults is the opportunity to sign up for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income people and, unlike the exchanges, does not have a deadline.  

Within this group is a large number of low-income parents—and the correspondingly large number of young children whose early life is shaped by these parents' caregiving. For example, a national sample of infants found that half of the babies living in poverty had mothers age 24 or under and another one-fifth to one-quarter had mothers between 25 and 29.

Meeting these mothers’ -- and fathers’ -- physical and mental health needs can help them succeed in school, in job training, in the workplace, and as parents. 

Celebrating Mother’s Day with CHIP

How about a Mother’s Day gift of one less thing to worry about? The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid are there for families still without health insurance, and there’s no enrollment date to worry about. Children and teens up to age 18 – expecting mothers and parents too! – may be eligible for this free or low-cost care. So Mom can rest easy on her special day knowing the kids are getting regular checkups, lifesaving immunizations, doctor and dentists visits, emergency care, and more.

A Pennsylvania mother whose three sons are enrolled in CHIP thanks the coverage for the “perfect” care her twins received when they were born premature:

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