Lazarus, Wendy

Wendy Lazarus Is the Founder and Co-President of The Children’s Partnership, which advocates for improvements in child health care. Ms. Lazarus has been involved in advocacy for health coverage for all children for more than 35 years.

California Not Making The Grade When It Comes to Children's Dental Health

By Wendy Lazarus
The Children's Partnership

We all know that a trip to the dentist’s office can make even the most carefree children squirm.  But we also know that regular dental check-ups and preventive care are essential to a child’s well-being.  Sadly, too many children in California aren’t getting needed dental care, a study by The Pew Center on the States pointed out this week.  And the problem is about to get far worse.

Banner Day for Nation's Children

By Wendy Lazarus

Today, a potentially life-saving, but surprisingly overlooked change will occur for the families of America’s 74 million children.  That is the day when U. S. children become eligible for the first phase of benefits as our nation implements the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a law that will eventually extend health insurance to all Americans.
The importance of this historic milestone for children – 9.4 million living in California - has been crowded out by September’s back-to-school rituals, football games, and a focus on the November elections. But the reality that every U.S. child can now have affordable health insurance is a sea change in this country. Until now, tens of thousands of parents kept their children from playing high school sports because they couldn’t pay for insurance and feared an expensive injury.