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CA Health Care Reform: Trick or Treat for Kids?

October 31, 2007

Sacramento, CA - Perhaps the scariest news this Halloween is that thousands of California children could lose their health insurance coverage in 90 days unless State Legislature comes up with money to keep Children's Health Initiative "Healthy Kids" programs running. Howard Kahn with L.A. Health Care Plan says 30,000 children in the Los Angeles area alone could be without basic care.

"Everybody has talked for a long time about covering all kids in California. These 'Healthy Kids' programs around the state have been shown by outside evaluators to be effective."

Kahn says preventive care is essential to a child's long-term health, growth, and development, and "Healthy Kids" coverage is credited with improved school attendance, as well as better overall health.

"We've demonstrated that it works, it's been accepted that it works, and it's a matter of making sure that we get it done now."

There are 32 Children's Health Initiatives around the state, and many have waiting lists for their "Healthy Kids" programs. Polls show that 82 percent of Californians support making sure all kids have health insurance. Legislative leaders and the Governor have made proposals; there's a legislative hearing today on Governor Schwarzenegger's healthcare reform plan.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CA