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A lifetime of good health begins in childhood. A comprehensive and coordinated health care system that helps keep California’s children and families well can improve health throughout children’s lives, reduce the cost of care for families as well as for the state, and help build a skilled and productive workforce. In short, there is a vital link between healthy children and a healthy California. This new report from the California Budget and Policy Center assesses the state’s current health care system for children and families, including both public health care coverage and public health programs. The report identifies key issues that must be addressed, including child poverty, health care coverage, access to care, quality care for children with special health care needs, and adequate investment in public health.

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This policy brief by the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health looks at what happens when low-income youth and young adults with chronic conditions and disabilities age out of the Title V Program for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and provides policy recommendations.

This policy brief by the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health investigates the changes that result when low-income youth and young adults with disabilities lose their childhood eligibility status under SSI following the age 18 redetermination process and provides policy recommendations.