California News Service • Aug 10, 2022
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, which in California is part of Medi-Cal.
The program has been wildly successful. As of 2020, just 3.6% of kids in the Golden State were uninsured. Medi-Cal and CHIP serve almost 5.5 million children in the state.
Even though most children are healthy, said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, it's too big a risk to go without health insurance.
"So any gap in coverage for children is a problem for families and a problem for our country as a whole," she said. "It pays enormous dividends to make sure that children have access to health insurance so that they can grow up healthy and thriving."
Sarah Crow • Christina Altmayer • Mar 30, 2021
Revamping Medicaid policies to improve young children’s social and emotional health and address health care inequities is particularly critical in California, where over half of children ages 0 to 5 have Medicaid coverage (known as Medi-Cal, in California), and two-thirds are children of color.
Alexandra Parma • Nov 28, 2023
The State of California has embarked on multiple efforts over the last few years to transform the way health care is delivered in the Medi-Cal program. These efforts illustrate Governor Newsom’s larger vision for reform, including those that hold promise to improve outcomes for children.
Alexandra Parma • Mar 25, 2021
California’s children covered by Medi-Cal Managed Care received alarmingly low levels of recommended preventive care in 2019, according to data newly released by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).