About the Survey
What was the purpose of the candidate survey?
To help the public better understand how California candidates for elected office would craft policy to improve the health and well being of California’s children, including those with special health care needs.
What questions were asked?
1. If you could tell California voters one thing about your commitment to the
health and well being of children, what would it be?
2. In the past decade, Californian voters have consistently ranked children and child-related issues as a top priority, yet state programs that support children frequently lack adequate resources to fulfill their missions. If elected, what steps would you take to make the health and well being of children a higher priority in California?
3. How would you leverage the newly enacted health care reform legislation to benefit children in California?
4. Statewide, 10 to 15 percent of families have a child with a special health care need -- a chronic physical, developmental, or behavioral condition that requires more than routine health and related services. As the fact sheet below illustrates, California ranks last in the nation on a minimum quality-of-care index for children with special health care needs. If elected, how would you address this situation? (See fact sheet below.)
Who received surveys?
Major party candidates running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Insurance Commissioner, and Superintendent of Public Instruction; candidates in the U.S. Senate race, and in open or competitive U.S. House and California Assembly and Senate races.
How many races were included?
A total of 60 races: four statewide races, one U.S. Senate race, seven U.S House races, 12 California Senate races, and 36 California Assembly races.
When was the survey sent?
The survey was sent by email September 15th and 16th, 2010, and was resent by email and fax as required.
Is the foundation endorsing candidates?
No, the foundation does not endorse, rank, or rate candidates in any manner.
Approximately 1.4 million children in California have been diagnosed with a special health care need – a chronic physical, developmental, or behavioral condition that requires more than routine health and related services. These conditions can have tremendous impact on the lives of these children and their families.
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health recently commissioned an analysis of California data from the National Survey of Children's Health and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. These surveys are sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Among the key findings:
- California ranks last in the nation on a minimum quality-of-care index for children with special health care needs. The index assesses adequacy of insurance, provision of basic preventive care, and meeting of minimal criteria for having a medical home.
- Of children with special health care needs with health insurance in California, about 1 in 3 has insurance that is not adequate to meet his or her health care needs.
- California ranks second to last in the nation on the percentage of children with special health care needs who receive family-centered care. Family-centered care is a fundamental measure of quality care that represents a minimum level of effective communication and interaction with families.