Entries in Child Health Care (2)


Obesity and Bullying Top Voters' Child Health Concerns

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- The economy dominates this election season but it’s not the only issue that Americans are worried about.

With the Supreme Court ready to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, voters are thinking about health care reform and what’s on the top of their list of concerns.

According to a new University of Michigan study, 2,100 adults were told to pick the topic related to children’s health that they want the presidential candidates to address.

Number one on the list out of 24 common concerns turned out to be childhood obesity, with bullying a close second. These issues were followed by teenage drug use and child abuse and neglect.

Matthew Davis of the University of Michigan said adults' political party affiliation or race/ethnicity did not factor in their picks, adding, “These are common issues that we can agree on, no matter your choice of presidential candidates.”

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Quality of Child Care Varies Greatly by Region

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) - A new report has revealed in which states children get the best health care, and in which states they get the worst, reports WebMD.

According to a report card from the Commonwealth Fund, children in the upper Midwest and New England have the best access to affordable health care, prevention, treatment and overall health benefits. Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire made the top five for child health care.
The South and Southwest regions scored the worst with Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi and Nevada making up the bottom five states.

“There are wide gaps between leading and lagging states for oral health problems, obesity, and smoking rates," said Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund. For example, just three percent of children in Massachusetts were uninsured in 2009, compared to 17 and 18 percent uninsured in Nevada, Florida, and Texas.

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