Hundreds, if not thousands, of undocumented parents in California are struggling to take care of U.S.-born children with special needs while at the same time living in fear of deportation.
Author: Claudia Boyd-Barrett
Legally, school districts are supposed to provide students experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties with mental health assessments and individualized services to help them benefit from their education. But a report earlier this year by leading advocacy organizations found half of all students with these difficulties get no mental health help at all.
The state is working with health care providers and Medi-Cal managed health plans to prepare for the influx of new patients, Cava said.
However, many clinics contacted by the California Health Report said it’s too soon to tell what the impact of the expansion will be on their patient numbers.
So far, no one has contracted Zika in California — but some travelers have returned to the state already infected. Epidemiologists say that it’s possible the virus could take hold in pockets of the state, if certain mosquitoes bite those with Zika infections, but the likelihood of a widespread epidemic is low.
Families likely aren’t taking advantage of their Denti-Cal benefits because it’s difficult to find a dentist who will accept them. Many dentists want nothing to do with Denti-Cal because it offers low reimbursement rates and comes with onerous administrative rules.
When Irene Gomez meets with young undocumented families as the director of an outreach program for migrant farmworkers in Oxnard, she finds that many are struggling to get adequate medical care for their children.
A growing number of palliative care programs are being expanded to chronically ill patients in community clinics and at home, spurred by federal and state health reforms.
Dr. Milcah Larks is all too familiar with the cost of delaying preventative cancer screenings for women. As an oncologist in the Immunology Clinic at Ventura County Medical Center, a hospital in Ventura focused on underserved populations, she prescribes treatment for patients with breast and cervical cancer.
Carlos Gutierrez of Berkeley thought his health care troubles were over when he received a letter from his county’s social service agency in May telling him he qualified for Medi-Cal. The 34-year-old single father of two had been without health insurance for months after losing his job as a trainer in car rental sales. He’d applied for health coverage through Covered California — the state’s health insurance exchange — and when the letter about Medi-Cal arrived he felt relieved.
Shortly after she began participating in California’s Welfare-to-Work program, Michele Marino began to think she was going crazy. The single mother had just enrolled in a government cash-assistance program to help support herself and her two young sons, while she searched for a job and took classes at a community college. But daily tasks, school, parenting and the government requirements to stay in the welfare program felt overwhelming.