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Wendy Lazarus
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Wendy Lazarus is the Founder of and Senior Advisor to The Children’s Partnership, which works to improve the health of children–especially underserved children–in California and across the country. Ms. Lazarus has been advocating for improved health for children for more than 35 years.

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Health Care Is Going Digital -- Who Is Making Sure It's Put to Work for Underserved Children?

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Co-authored by Laurie Lipper, Founder and Co-President of The Children's Partnership

Health information technology is transforming the US health care system and has the potential to disproportionately improve the lives of millions of children who lack access to much-needed services. But, this will only happen if we continue America's long...

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Getting to an A+ School-to-Health Connection for America's Children

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Co-authored by Jenny Kattlove, Senior Director of Programs, The Children's Partnership

As summer comes to a close, parents across America are taking their kids for physicals and immunizations before the start of school. Now, nearly all American children can get this preventive care at no cost thanks...

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A Digital Solution to the Overprescription of Medications for Foster Children

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 6:13 PM

Co-authored by Korey Capozza, Director of the Electronic Care Coordination Initiative at The Children's Partnership

For children and youth in foster care, instability and disorder can be one of few constants. First, a troubled home life leads to a sudden break from families and kin. Once in foster care,...

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American Innovation Can Narrow the Opportunity Gap for Kids

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Co-authored by Laurie Lipper, Founder & Co-President, The Children's Partnership

The past 60 years have seen an extraordinary expansion of the U.S. economy and the advent of game-changing innovations, including the explosion of the digital age. Side-by-side has been the belief that such trends will eventually help Americans...

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More of California's Kids Have Dental Coverage, But Will They Have Care?

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:48 AM

Co-authored by Jenny Kattlove, Senior Director of Programs, The Children's Partnership

There is good news to report for California's children as we make our way through National Children's Dental Health Month: more kids than ever will have dental coverage in 2015. This is thanks to a recent policy...

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New Congress Faces Crucial Leadership Test for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Co-authored by Kristen Golden Testa, Director of the California Health Program, The Children's Partnership

The new Congress is underway and leaders want to prove they are in Washington to get things done. One major opportunity is to take the steps needed to continue our country's solid progress in reaching all...

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The Time Is Right for California to Extend Health Coverage for All

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:35 PM

President Obama's new immigration actions are an important first step toward providing security for hardworking parents and their children. We commend the President on his decision, which will allow nearly five million people nationwide to no longer live in fear. And just this week, a California leader, State Senator Ricardo...

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One Issue Both Parties Can Agree On: Give Every Child a Healthy Start

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:01 PM

Co-authored by Kristen Golden Testa, Director of the California Health Program, The Children's Partnership

Now that campaigns for midterm elections are behind us and the results are in, Congress can turn back to the important business of governing. There is one pressing issue that offers our elected officials the opportunity...

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New Back-to-School Checklist Item in California: Enroll in Health Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 12:47 PM

What a difference a year makes. Last September, as millions of children across the country and in California started back to school, there was real uncertainty about what the new health care law, Obamacare, would bring. While not perfect, the law can take credit for the enrollment of over

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Innovations in Dentistry Bridging the Gap for California Kids

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:26 PM

This post was co-authored by Jenny Kattlove, Director of Strategic Health Initiatives, The Children's Partnership.

Every so often, technological advances allow public health officials opportunities to make major progress in stemming the tide of a chronic disease. One recent advance, the Virtual Dental Home (VDH), has been tested...

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Express Lane Eligibility: A Common Sense Policy That Works

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:26 PM

More good news on Obamacare came out recently. A new study from The Commonwealth Fund showed that the number of people without health insurance dropped by 9.5 million since late last summer. California, which experienced the greatest success with enrollment of any state, cut its percentage of those...

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An Electronic Backpack: Helping Foster Youth Lighten a Heavy Load

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:34 PM

This post was co-authored with Beth Morrow, Director of Health IT Initiatives for The Children's Partnership.

May is National Foster Care Month, a time when we recognize the many foster parents, family members, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and others who help youth in foster care. Additionally, this month serves as...

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Today's Technology Can Bring Needed Health Care to Underserved Children

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:01 PM

This post was co-authored by Jenny Kattlove, Director of Strategic Health Initiatives, The Children's Partnership.

With millions of Californians gaining health and dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the demand for doctors and other providers is greater than ever. Health care professionals are already warning of a physician shortage...

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Children Benefit as California Leads the Way Enrolling Families in Health Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:00 PM

March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage. In fact, California continues to lead the way in embracing and implementing health care reform, and the...

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States Show the Difference It Makes to be 'ALL IN' for Health Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 12:24 PM

With the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period well underway, most of the public's attention has been on the federal health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov. While issues in the federal website have slowed the national roll-out, early results in places like California, where leaders across the state are working around the...

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Back to School + ACA Open Enrollment = Affordable Health Insurance for California Families This Fall

(12) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 4:40 PM

With the back-to-school season just around the corner, few children and families are thinking about health insurance. Yet millions of them remain uninsured. Fortunately, California's top educators have already recognized how the two add up in 2013.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, California's uninsured parents and children will have a historic...

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Will States Step Up Health Coverage for Foster Youth?

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 6:04 PM

Co-authored by Ginny Puddefoot, Director of HIT Initiatives for Vulnerable Youth, The Children's Partnership

One of the most popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act is that young adults have been able to continue their health coverage until age 26 under their parent's health plans. Historically this...

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Kids and the Affordable Care Act: A High-Stakes Recipe for Success

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Everyone who cares about children in California and around the country ought to be rooting for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to succeed. If done right, it will mean kids who have never received regular check-ups, eye glasses, dental care, or screenings can get them and other needed health care...

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Dental Crisis Looms for California's Children

(34) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:00 PM

There are many stories across California of children currently enrolled in Medi-Cal waiting months to see a dentist. Sadly, unless some steps are taken, this issue will only worsen as major changes affecting the state's dental care system take effect this year.

One big change is the recent elimination of...

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Getting to the Next Level: Social Gaming and Child Poverty

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:58 PM

Over the last five years, social gaming has exploded. So has child poverty. Over 90 percent of American children between the ages of two and 17 play video games. One in four U.S. children under age six lives below the poverty level. Nearly 40...

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