No child should have to live in poverty conditions, but unfortunately it does happen. Child poverty has been a front-line issue for years in the United States and especially in California. In California, much work has been done to improve the living conditions of many of its children.
Since 2014, child well being in California has significantly improved but there is still much room for continued improvement. In addition, one study shows that there still exist persistent racial disparities. According to the study, fully 75 percent of California’s kids are people of color and at least half are children of one or more immigrants or are immigrants themselves.
With that data in place it becomes clear that health care plays a big part in the living conditions of many of these children. Of the studied demographic, California had lessened the burden on immigrant families by expanding Medi-Cal to cover undocumented children. Since the expansion and because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 200,000 were signed up and the overall rate of uninsured children fell by 70 percent, a figure that had pleased many in the child advocate community.
Unfortunately, all that progress may be in danger of reversal to some extent. The Trump administration has been continuing its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put something different in it’s place. What a replacement program may consists of is still unclear, but many fear that it will undermine the existing program and reverse some of the progress made over the past few years.
Even the recent tax cuts enacted by the Trump administration are seen as a potential problem. Some families may get bumped out of their childcare benefits because they are making too much money. To help ease this problem, the state has increased the median income eligibility.
Whether a tax hike, or cuts in medical benefits is the problem, children deserve better and there are a lot of good people working on behalf of their welfare.