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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.

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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

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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?

Moms: Getting Their Families the Coverage They Need

As we honor moms, we should recognize the important role that many of them play in keeping their families healthy — including getting them the health coverage that they need.  More than 8 million people enrolled in private health coverage during the first open enrollment season for health reform’s insurance marketplaces.  Another 4.8 million individuals enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Many moms were undoubtedly behind those numbers.

After all, moms often coordinate their children’s health care — selecting their doctors, taking them to appointments, and ensuring that they get the care they need.  They also spur the men in their lives to sign up for coverage, research has shown.

Financially Empowering Families by Connecting Them to Medicaid and CHIP

There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship.

Did You Know? Insuring Children is Never Out of Season! #insurekidsnow

As a school nurse, I remember overhearing a cashier at my local grocery store sharing with a colleague that her child was sick with asthma and spring allergies, but she did not have health insurance for him, so could not take him to a healthcare provider. In my purse was an application for the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – not unusual for this serious advocate for child and adolescent access to health care! I shared briefly about CHIP and handed the cashier the application. When I saw her months later in the store, she shared that her son was now insured!

What You Need to Know About Medicaid and CHIP

While March 31st marked the end of the open enrollment period for purchasing private health insurance through the marketplaces, other avenues to health care coverage remain. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are critical health insurance programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and eligible people can enroll any time.  Depending on the state, and the decisions that have been made about expanding Medicaid, many more people with disabilities may be eligible for health care coverage. 

Medicaid is a lifeline for most people with significant disabilities who generally do not have access to employer-based or other private coverage, have greater medical needs, and often require assistance with activities of daily living throughout their lifetimes.

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