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Enrollment still open for Medicaid and CHIP

May 12, 2014
The Children’s Dental Health Project was founded in 1997 with the principle goal of implementing the then-optional dental benefit in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As more than a decade has passed and CDHP’s mission has grown, so too has dental coverage for children. Thanks to the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization of 2009 (CHIPRA), dental coverage is now mandatory for all state CHIP programs and more than 8 million enrolled children have affordable dental coverage. Like many children’s health organizations, we have expanded our mission to guarantee similar...
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Mother’s Day Might be Behind Us But It’s Not Too Late to Give Mom a Special Gift

May 12, 2014
Yesterday mothers everywhere were showered with love and appreciation for everything they do to keep their children well and happy. If you want to pay one more tribute to a mom you know, it’s not too late for an extra-special gift that doesn’t need to be wrapped in sparkly paper and tied with a bow.
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Kids in California Are Eligible for No-Cost Medi-Cal All Year Round – Let’s Get Them Covered Today

May 12, 2014
Haga clic aquí para leer el artículo en español Summer is almost here and California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) and all our statewide members want California’s children to be healthy wherever they live and play. Studies show children with health coverage are more likely to thrive and grow up better prepared for life as well as ready to learn in school. This is why we want to remind everyone that enrollment in free health care coverage through California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, is available all year long for children. There is no deadline for applying, so check out if you...
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One less thing to worry about for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2014
Being a mother changes everything. Before you become a mother, people try to explain what that means – no sleep, no privacy (bathrooms seem to have an open door policy in my house), and your fashion sense goes out the window! The thing is, you can’t really know what it means until you are face to face with this other human being who depends on you for EVERYTHING. Once you get over the mind-numbing fear of all that responsibility, you move on to the practical things that you can do. Car seats– check. Bike helmets – check. A sweater for them whenever you get cold – check. A backpack full of...
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On Mother’s Day, Feelings of Gratitude & Frustration

May 11, 2014
Owen was discharged from Hopkins last Tuesday morning. Before we left, the drains were removed from his head and back, he was given his first bath in nearly a week, and we were told that he had been the talk of the floor amongst the nurses because of his cheerful attitude. He literally skipped down the hall waving goodbye to everyone as we left. Our instructions for home are to keep him from acting like a four-year-old boy (no running, no jumping, no wrestling) and to ensure that he doesn’t touch or sleep on his cheek for the next month. Owen is well aware that he has a new cheek and says...
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Sometimes a Mom's best gift is what she doesn't pass on.

May 11, 2014
As I celebrate Mother’s Day, I think of all the great things my mother passed on to me—life lessons, acts of love and sacrifice, and words of encouragement and wisdom. But there’s something else she passed on to me, which I know she wishes she could take back. Without knowing, my mother passed on the hepatitis B virus to me during childbirth. My grandmother also passed it on to her when there was no knowledge hepatitis B even existed. When I was born in the 1970s, the virus had only been discovered a few years before. Forty years after the discovery of the virus, it is standard practice in...
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My mom taught me

May 11, 2014
My mom always told me no matter how difficult your day, never lose track of the bright side of life. She said life is like a railway track; happiness and sadness are the two parallel rails. Both things can co-exist and one should not lose sight of that perspective. Also from her I learnt if you can't appreciate the small things in life, you will never truly appreciate the big ones. Here she is in her picture showing me how to enjoy everything life has to offer!
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My mother taught me to break through the fourth wall

May 11, 2014
But as I reach the middle of my 40's, I realize the sheer joy found in making connections and living in the moment.
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Three lessons I learned from my mother, "the bike lady.”

May 11, 2014
My Mom has always lived life on her terms. Long before it was trendy, my mom rode her bicycle everywhere, even from Amherst to Boston to board a plane heading to England. In our town and beyond, she became known as the "bike lady." She cut a distinct image with grey hair, knee socks and mid-knee skirts. These are three of her lessons I live by: Lesson No. 1 – Understand what is real and get on with it. I remember walking home from first grade sobbing because my friends insisted that my Mom was “crippled” and I said she was not – she was perfect. My Mom was sitting on the front steps waiting...

Mom Taught Me To Be An Activist

May 11, 2014
I recently visited my mom for her birthday last week. She always possessed a practical, no-nonsense attitude. Mom is the personification of a hip 80 year-old, but she reminds me often that growing up during the Depression gives her the edge of realism. Her mind is as sharp as a tack, so even at her advanced age, she’s truly light years ahead of her pack. She’s still a voice of reason. Since Mom’s body is not as sprite as her intellect, she walks and walks to keep fit. As she prepared for a trip to visit relatives in Spain, Mom tells me, “I’m walking longer everyday to get ready for the trip...
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