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Pediatricians ‘Sounding The Alarm’ After Children’s Health Care Takes Dive

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that vaccinations, screening for childhood diseases, visits to the dentist and mental health care dropped from March through May, when many doctors’ offices were closed. Still, CMS administrator Seema Verma said the absence of health care services “may have lifelong consequences for these vulnerable children.”


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Virus Shutdown Took A Toll On Routine Health Care For Kids


A sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown could cause long-term harm if not reversed, federal officials warned Wednesday. A data snapshot from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, found that vaccinations, screening for childhood diseases, visits to the dentist and even mental health care dropped precipitously from March through May of this year, when doctors’ offices and hospitals put elective services on hold to confront the coronavirus. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 9/23)

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