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Children’s physical and mental health play critical roles in their development. Research shows that poor health in childhood adversely affects future success and that children in lower-income households are more likely to suffer health problems. Improvements in child health can lead to higher future economic growth and can improve the upward mobility of children from low-income families. California’s financial commitment to health care, including greater access to Medicaid, has reduced but not eliminated health gaps associated with poverty. Insurance coverage alone does not ensure access to...