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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

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?

Sign Up is Ongoing for Medicaid and CHIP

Spring is the time we think of children and their families being outside without their coats and seeing the bird’s nest if you stand on your tippy toes.  As spring came this year, the open enrollment period ended for the private insurance created by the Affordable Care Act.  The good news is that enrolling a child or a child’s parent in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is not limited by the seasons and is available now and next week and next month….come rain or come shine.  There is no deadline or enrollment period and signing up is available year round for either one of these programs.

Kids in California Are Eligible for No-Cost Medi-Cal All Year Round – Let’s Get Them Covered Today

Summer is almost here and California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) and all our statewide members want California’s children to be healthy wherever they live and play. Studies show children with health coverage are more likely to thrive and grow up better prepared for life as well as ready to learn in school. This is why we want to remind everyone that enrollment in free health care coverage through California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, is available all year long for children.

There is no deadline for applying, so check out if you and your family are eligible NOW by contacting your local enrollment counselor.  You can search for the nearest one by your zip code HERE or you can call Covered California at 1 (800) 300-1506 and they will assist you.  If you do not live in California, visit your state’s Medicaid agency or HealthCare.gov. Or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669).

One less thing to worry about for Mother’s Day

Being a mother changes everything. Before you become a mother, people try to explain what that means – no sleep, no privacy (bathrooms seem to have an open door policy in my house), and your fashion sense goes out the window! The thing is, you can’t really know what it means until you are face to face with this other human being who depends on you for EVERYTHING. Once you get over the mind-numbing fear of all that responsibility, you move on to the practical things that you can do. Car seats– check. Bike helmets – check. A sweater for them whenever you get cold – check. A backpack full of snacks, wipes and allergy medicine at all times – check. We try to do everything we can to keep these little people safe, and that includes making sure that they have health insurance. 
 
So this Mother’s Day, I want all mothers to ease their anxiety when they see their daughters playing tough defense at mid-field in a soccer game (with much bigger girls), or their middle schooler sons heading out to play a pick-up game of basketball with the high school kids, or all of their children strapping on helmets to go “try out” the neighbor’s skateboard for the first time.

Continuing Access for Kids: There is no end date to staying healthy

As mothers, we know that children need ongoing access to health insurance, ensuring that children can readily gain needed care when faced with injury or illness. Whether it’s allergy season, soccer season or flu season, children need uninterrupted access to care. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide continuous access to coverage and care year round for eligible children and families. There is no end date to staying healthy.

 

Medicaid and CHIP are important pillars of our health care system. These programs keep families healthy by providing important health care insurance coverage and access to needed providers. In particular, CHIP plays an important role in extending health coverage to low–to-moderate-income families while raising awareness about all coverage options for families. Enrollment for Medicaid and/or CHIP is open all year long.

 

Since 1997, CHIP has added an important layer of access to coverage for children and, in most states, pregnant women. Today, almost 8 million children get their health coverage through CHIP.

 

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