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Understanding Childhood Issues & Highlighting Them
California Report Card, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
Download file: reportcard_2009.pdf
Facing the state’s record budget deficit, the 2009 California Report Card shows why children should come first. For example:
- One million children in California are expected to be without health insurance
It costs Californians $7,000 every time an uninsured child visits a hospital for a preventable ailment. In contrast, only 17% of that amount ($1,200) is needed to provide health coverage for each uninsured child.
- One in five (109,011) high school students in California dropped out in 2007
Every 120,000 high school dropouts costs the state approximately $40.6 billion in total economic losses.
- 16 percent of California’s adolescents are overweight or obese
Medical expenses attributable to obesity cost Californians $7.7 billion each year, with $1.7 billion paid by Medicaid.
For each area of children’s policy covered, the Report Card provides the most up-to-date data on the status of California’s children; overviews key 2008 public policy and budgetary developments that affect children; defines policy objectives for improving children’s well-being; and lays out immediate actions for California’s leadership to pursue.