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Child Health

Need Coverage?

Find out if your child qualifies for free or low-cost health coverage through Medi-Cal or coverage through Covered California:

Call 1-800-300-1506

Apply online at www.coveredca.com

Find in-person help at www.coveredca.com/apply

All Children Need Health Insurance

Since 1998, CDF-CA has worked with our colleagues in the Children's Health Coverage Coalition to ensure that all of California's children gain access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. Our efforts to expand coverage for children, simplify enrollment processes, and support outreach efforts have paid off in a significant decline in the number of uninsured children in the state.

However, there is still much work to do. More than one million California children remain uninsured, including close to 700,000 children who are currently eligible for public health coverage, but not enrolled. Our state must step up to the plate and take immediate action to significantly reduce the number of uninsured children in California.

A Victory for Children’s Health!

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the landmark health reform legislation passed in 2010. Millions of California children and young adults are already reaping the benefits of the ACA and more benefits are yet to come in 2014.

Learn more about children and the Affordable Care Act »

Why Coverage for Kids is Important

Children with health insurance learn better: California children who newly enroll in a health coverage program have been shown to have a nearly 63% improvement in performance and paying attention in class.

Health coverage can save lives: Uninsured children admitted to the emergency room are 60% more likely to die than children with insurance.

Children's health coverage prevents hospitalizations: An estimated 6,300 childhood hospitalizations were avoided by the CCHI local initiatives between 2000 and 2005, saving the state $6.7 million

Providing children with health coverage can save the state money: In 2001, when Medi-Cal stopped requiring children to re-enroll every three months, more children stayed enrolled and received better access to primary and preventive care, ultimately saving California $17 million because children were hospitalized less frequently.

To learn more, please download the 100% Campaign's fact sheet on Facts About Children's Health Coverage in California, or see specific fact sheets on health coverage for Latino children, African American children, and Asian & Pacific Islander children.