Obamacare will affect every Californian starting January 1, 2014—some more than others. But most people say they still don’t understand the reforms. what the reforms will mean for them. Confused about the health care reform law and how it will affect you? Then this user’s guide is for you.
Author: Heather Tirado Gilligan and Callie Shanafelt
California requires that private insurance companies pay for an expensive autism therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis. But the state has declined to pay for the treatment as an automatic benefit for low-income children who receive public insurance, creating two classes of care for autistic children in the state.
At Oakland Children’s Hospital, a dental clinic – and a dedicated dentist – help special needs kids keep their teeth healthy.
The dentist on a van – who is a stand-up comedian in his off hours – helps low-income kids in rural Yuba County keep a happy, healthy smile.
Roughly 80,000 children with special health care needs ranging from hearing impairment to cancer live in rural areas of California. Many parents arrange their lives around managing health care for their special needs children.
Three families offer a look at their lives with a special needs child in rural California.