Odeh, Mike

Governor’s Budget Choices Would Dismantle Child Health Programs Despite Chorus of Opposition

By Mike Odeh, Children Now and Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, Children’s Defense Fund-California

Yes, times are tough for California. But tough times don’t justify putting kids at the back of the line, and yet that’s what exactly what Governor Brown’s recently released May Revision budget proposal would do when it comes to children’s health.

We know that children with health insurance get better preventive care, do better in school, and live healthier overall. But health coverage is only half the story; children also need meaningful and timely access to health care services and providers.

Two Years Later: What the Affordable Care Act Has Done for California's Children

By Mike Odeh, Children Now, and Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, Children’s Defense Fund-California

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turns two this week, we should say happy birthday by celebrating the big wins the law has already delivered for California's children and families and the bright future ahead for children's health care.

Making Progress on Children’s Health Coverage; More Work To Do

By Mike Odeh
Children Now

In one of his first acts in office three years ago this week, President Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009. Because of CHIPRA, millions of low-income children were able to keep their affordable coverage and an additional 1.2 million children nationwide were newly able to enroll in health coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Together CHIP and Medicaid have significantly reduced the number of uninsured children and moved us closer to the goal of providing health coverage for every child.

A Glimmer of Good News for California’s Kids

By Mike Odeh
Children Now

With the state’s unemployment rate hovering above 11 percent, impending state budget triggers that are inciting rallies across the state, and 52% growth in health insurance premiums for California families over nearly the past decade, it's hard to find truly good news...but here's some: at a time when the economic recession hit hardest (2008 to 2010), over 97,000 fewer California children were uninsured, according to a new report by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families.

Rolling Up Our Sleeves on the Second Anniversary of the Children’s Health Law

By Mike Odeh
Children Now

Two years ago President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Thanks to new opportunities and resources for children’s coverage, California has been able to hold the line on children’s health during tough budget years. There are still 1.5 million children continue to be uninsured in California. Much work remains to be done, but children going without health insurance is a problem that we can solve in this state.