Nearly three-fourths of California toddlers enrolled in a state-run low-income insurance program did not have their blood tested for lead, according to a recent analysis by health organization.
The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that conducts research and education related to health issues, studied state records between 2012 and 2016, and determined children enrolled in the Medi-Cal program did not receive the required tests. California law requires testing for lead at ages 1 and 24 months because the highly potent toxin can cause permanent damage in children. This includes neurological, physical and physiological harm in your child such as IQ deficiency, ADHD, aggression, language delay, delayed growth and a lifetime of problems.
Low-income children also are at the highest risk for exposure to lead. Although anyone can be affected, those from lower-income families are more likely to live in older rental apartments or houses with deteriorated lead-based paint built prior to 1978. Even microscopic particles of lead dust can be dangerous when ingested by a small child.
How Widespread Is The Problem?
The data obtained by EWG last month show that about 529,000 toddlers in Medi-Cal during a four-year period did not receive required lead tests. That means about only 28 percent of children in the program were tested from 2012-2016.
Testing is essential to find the children who have been exposed and protect against further exposure. If you believe your child missed a lead test and was possibly exposed to lead, talking with an experienced attorney can help you determine your legal options.