Issue: children

Keeping Kids Healthy and Sane in a Digital World

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity. That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use.

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The Long And Winding Road To Mental Health Care For Your Kid

Mental health professionals say that with children, early intervention is crucial to avoid more severe and costly problems later on. Yet even parents with good insurance struggle to find care for their children. The US faces a growing shortage of mental health professionals trained to work with young people — at a time when depression and anxiety are on the rise. Suicide was the No. 2 cause of death for children and young adults from age 10 to 24 in 2017, after accidents.

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Mental Health Bills Lay Foundation For Children’s Success

By introducing Senate Study Bill 1197 and House Study Bill 206, Gov. Kim Reynolds offered Iowa the opportunity to establish the governance structure to implement core mental health services for children and families uniformly across Iowa. After decades of discussion and growing public support, these two bills take a huge step toward establishing a children’s mental health system.

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Suddenly, Progress on Children’s Health Coverage Reverses

For many years, the rate of uninsured children in the United States has been declining thanks to bipartisan efforts to extend coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But in 2017, approximately 276,000 more children became uninsured, leading to a total of 3.9 million uninsured children nationwide. The rate for children age 18 and younger went up from 4.7 percent in 2016 to 5 percent in 2017,

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Will Congress Continue Coverage for 9M Children?

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal September 30. But with a deeply divided Congress, some health advocates fear that the Children’s Health Insurance Program could be in jeopardy or that conservative lawmakers will seek changes to limit the program’s reach.

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Hospital Innovates to Serve Kids’ Mental Health Needs

Bed-shortage issues, combined with the state’s low number of mental health providers and limited access points for services, leads to distressed people turning to hospital emergency rooms (ERs) for mental health care, which can be especially difficult for rural facilities that may not have infrastructures to appropriately provide behavioral care. At Mercy, we saw nearly 2,500 cases of mental health or substance abuse conditions in our ER last year.

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