California Children Less Likely to Receive Care in a Medical Home than Kids in U.S. Overall
Children who receive health care in the context of a medical home are more likely to have annual, preventive check-ups and are less likely to have unmet medical and dental needs, yet fewer than half of California children receive this type of care.
The state’s percentage of children who received care within a medical home was about 45% in 2011-2012, lower than the U.S. figure of 54%, according to new data posted on kidsdata.org. Statewide and nationally, low-income children are less likely to receive care within a medical home than more affluent children, and children under age 6 are more likely to have a medical home than their teenage counterparts.
The American Academy of Pediatrics defines health care within a medical home as a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.
In California, lawmakers are considering a bill, AB 316, that would draw federal money to help establish medical homes for chronically ill children and adults covered by Medi-Cal.
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See Medical Home Data in California and the U.S.
Medical Home Access
by Income Level
National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
National Center for Medical Home Implementation, Maternal and Child Health Bureau & American Academy of Pediatrics
Patient-Centered Medical Home – National Committee for Quality Assurance
Medical Home Transformation in Pediatric Primary Care—What Drives Change?
Check out our other resources on children and medical homes:
Medical Home: What’s in a Name?
Issue Brief: A Triple Aim Practice for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Medical Home Access for Children with Special Health Care Needs in 2009-2010 (most recent available):
by Complexity of Need
by Income Level
by Type of Insurance