child health data
Candidate Survey on California's Kids
Responses: Renea Wickman
Office: Assembly, District 63
Q1: If you could tell California voters one thing about your commitment to the health and well being of children, what would it be?
Children are our future. We MUST turn our attention and our resources to the protection of the health and well-being of our children. Environment- and service-related programs must be implemented to ensure their future and ours.
Q2: 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?
I would submit legislation to dedicate untouchable funding to state programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of our children.
Q3: How would you leverage the newly enacted health care reform legislation to benefit children in California?
The new healthcare reform legislation already covers children until they are 26, precludes exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and prohibits denials of coverage, as well as expanding coverage by 2014. I would work to have California move up the date to expand dental and vision services to children sooner.
Q4: 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?
Health Care Reform's 2014 provisions address some of these concerns. I would work hard to make sure California's insurance providers conform to the new standards. I would also draft legislation to include family-centered care and try to move forward the date for the implementation of the reform.