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Millions of California Children Don’t Receive Preventive Care

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by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Marilyn Espinoza of Los Angeles wouldn’t dream of missing a well-child visit for her son, 1-year-old Matthew Perez.

Whenever she has a concern about Matthew’s health, she brings it up during his well-child appointment at QueensCare Health Clinic in Hollywood.  It’s thanks to these regular check-ins with Matthew’s pediatrician, covered by his Medi-Cal plan, that Espinoza learned her son might have a developmental delay. At 6 months, Matthew wasn’t sitting up. And at 10 months, Espinoza noticed he was very sensitive to sound, shaking and crying any time she turned on the blender or a hair dryer. He also had trouble swallowing pureed food.

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