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Reports & Research

California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, 2014-15

The 2014 California Children’s Report Card

KIDS COUNT Data Book, 2013


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Related News

U.S. health reform law two years old and still a heated debate (Contra Costa Times)

Making Progress on Children’s Health Coverage (California Progress Report)

California Governor’s Budget could hit most vulnerable (Bilingual Weekly)


California Governor’s Budget Could Hit Most Vulnerable With Deepest Cuts (New America Media)

State’s child-insurance law starts Jan. 1 (SF Chronicle)

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Facts & Figures

Medi-Cal and Healthy Families are lifelines for California families. Together, these programs cover one in three (33%) California children. Without these programs, many more children would be uninsured.

When the newly created California Health Benefit Exchange becomes operational in 2014, an estimated 2.4 to 3.5 million Californians, including nearly one million children, will be eligible for federal subsidies through the Exchange, equal to an estimated value of about $13.8 billion.

Following years of progress to provide health coverage to more low-income children, the state has slid backwards on many of its improvements, due in large part to budget cuts and the recession. An estimated 1.5 million California children were uninsured for at least part of 2009—a 40% increase over the 1.1 million children who were uninsured for at least part of 2007.


During 2007-09, when 400,000 California children lost their health coverage, the rate of California children covered by their parents’ employer decreased from 52% to 47%.

In spite of record need, due to the economic downtown and parents losing employer-based health coverage, Healthy Families enrollment dropped from 922,429 to 869,127 (decreasing more than 53,000) between July 2009 and 2010, in the year following a temporary enrollment freeze.

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California has many health programs that serve the needs of children and families. They range from comprehensive state-run programs, such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, to specialized and low-cost care through a health care organization. Below is a listing of all California programs linked to additional information and instructions on how to apply.



Medi-Cal provides comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for low-income, uninsured children. Medi-Cal is California’s public health insurance for low-income children and families.

Healthy Families

Healthy Families is California’s public health insurance program for children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medi-Cal but don’t make enough to afford private coverage.

Children’s Health Initiatives

Locally-developed health insurance programs that provide comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance to uninsured children who do not qualify for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families.

Other Programs

Child Health Disability and Prevention Program

The Child Health Disability and Prevention Program provides preventive health assessments to eligible infants, children and youth.

Child Health Disability and Prevention Program Gateway

The CHDP Gateway allows families to temporarily enroll their children in Medi-Cal through an on-line automated system for a period of up to two months. This enrollment occurs when they take their children to CHDP providers for physical examinations.

Access for Infants and Mothers

Access for Infants and Mothers provides subsidized health insurance for care to pregnant women without health insurance throughout their pregnancy and 60 days after the child is born. After the baby is born, infants are eligible for Healthy Families for up to two years.

California Children’s Services

California Children’s Services provides treatment and case management services for children under 21 years of age with serious medical problems such as chronic illnesses, genetic diseases, physical handicaps, major injuries due to violence and accidents, congenital defects, and conditions requiring treatment in neonatal intensive care units.


CaliforniaKids provides low cost primary health care coverage for uninsured children ages 2 through 18 (including undocumented and emancipated youth).

Family PACT

Family PACT provides comprehensive family planning services to low-income men and women in California.

Indian Health Program

The Indian Health Program provides no-cost comprehensive health insurance for Native American children in California.

Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan

Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan provides low cost health care coverage for uninsured children under the age of 19 who are not eligible to participate in Medi-Cal, Healthy Families or have any other health insurance.

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