Get the lead out

Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
California requires testing children considered at greatest risk for lead poisoning, which includes those enrolled in Medi-Cal and other programs for low-income children. We recently learned that over a nine-year period, DHCS did not ensure that millions of children were tested properly. Nearly half of 2.9 million eligible one-and 2-year-old children were not tested at all, and another 740,000 missed one of the two required tests.As a member of Assembly Health Committee, I participated in a hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to review findings by the California state auditor about programs for children at high-risk for lead poisoning. The California Department of Public Health oversees the statewide lead prevention program, and the Department of Health Care Services overs
Subscribe or log in to read the rest of this content.