California ranks last in the nation on key measures of a quality health care system for children with special needs, according to a report based on federal data released Thursday.
One in seven children in the state – an estimated 1.4 million – have a special health care need. But only 17.1 percent of them have adequate health insurance, and receive basic preventive care and comprehensive, coordinated medical care, the report found. By comparison, 40.3 percent of children nationwide have health care that meets this minimum quality index.
The report was commissioned by the nonprofit Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and produced by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, a research and policy group.