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More than a third of children with special needs rely entirely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for their care. Cuts to Medicaid funding could prove disastrous for such families.
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Can games with prizes and incentives get kids moving more? Two programs in the U.S. and U.K. show early promise.
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With the news of President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for two big health-policy positions, we now have a few more tea leaves by which to ponder the future of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
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A program that creates market incentives to encourage drug makers to target rare pediatric diseases seemed like good policy at first. But evidence of the program's effectiveness is missing.
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A new data-rich almanac on maternity care in California highlights persistent racial disparities in prenatal care and maternal mortality rates.

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The annual Data Book published by Kids Count this week feeds into a larger news trend of late that has emphasized broad gains in children's health and morality rates.

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When it comes to a hospitalized child, it’s fair to say no one is keeping tabs more closely than the mom or dad perched bedside. It’s no surprise they’re often to the first to catch medical errors, as new research suggests.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy this week urging parents to read to their kids starting at birth, and for pediatricians to recommend the practice during doctor visits. The policy reflects recent research that stresses the importance of early literacy in child development.

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Dateline NBC recently examined why families in poorer zip codes in places such as New York City are hit far harder by asthma than upper income children. A big part of the problem is public housing.

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The Nurse Family Partnership, an early intervention program which features home-visits for at risk children, has a track record of better health outcomes and reducing problems among poorer moms and kids. But it isn't a cure-all for the problems darkening the prospects of these children.

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