Background on the federal performance bonus awarded to Washington State for progress on enrolling children in Apple Health for Kids.
The Children's Alliance continues to obtain coverage surrounding the announcement that Washington won a $7.5 million "performance bonus" for the state's health insurance program for low- and moderate-income kids. The extra money, which the Children's Alliance worked hard to help the state secure, can and should be used to stop 16,000 kids from losing Apple Health for Kids coverage.
The Olympian article quotes Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children’s Alliance, who called on lawmakers to:
The Yakima Herald-Republic ran a story today that used census numbers analyzed by Lori Pfingst at Washington Kids Count as a basis for examing the high uninsurance rate for kids in Yakima County, which stands at 26.6 percent according to data collected last year.
September 18, 2009—The Children’s Alliance today released the following statement about federal health reform and health coverage for Washington’s children. Jon Gould, Deputy Director, said:
“We in Washington have done better than average in taking care of the health needs of our children. We were among the first states in the nation to pledge to cover every child by 2010. And we have built a coverage program, Apple Health for Kids, that has delivered comprehensive, affordable coverage to thousands of children who otherwise would have relied on the emergency room for their health care needs.
We expect health reform efforts in Washington, D.C. to support our state’s laudable goals for children’s health care—not work against them. Children must come out of federal health reform better off than they were before, not worse. Our Congressional delegation has a history of standing up for children’s health coverage. They stood up for kids when the Children’s Health Insurance Program faced reauthorization earlier this year, and we need them to stand up for kids again as health reform bills are amended and the process moves forward.
The Daily News in Longview picked up on our press release about the latest children's uninsurance numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and wrote an editorial praising the state's commitment to covering kids. Here's an excerpt:
The Census Bureau data show that the number of uninsured children in this state held steady, at about 107,000, between 2007 and 2008, according to Children’s Alliance. The state advocacy group reported that 93.2 percent of children in the state had health coverage in 2008. Credit both Congress and Washington lawmakers for holding the line with regard to providing care for children....
September 10, 2009—Data released by the U. S. Census Bureau this morning show that 93.2 percent of children in Washington State had health coverage in 2008, the same rate as in 2007. The rate remained the same only because an increase in the number of children enrolled in public coverage made up for the loss of employer-based coverage.
The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.
The Children's Alliance 2009 Legislative Agenda lays out our top priorities in this tough legislative session.
The Children's Alliance 2009 Cover All Kids policy paper lays out our priorities for the 09 legislative session: stay the course and cover all kids by 2010.
Grant supports work for health coverage for all kids.
Cover All Kids update and look ahead to 2008
This chart provides a detailed review of SB 5093 - the Cover All Kids law - which resulted in the creation of the Apple Health for Kids program.
2008 Legislative Agenda in Spanish
2008 Legislative Agenda
SCHIP Reauthorization must include Washington State's Priorities - use this sample letter
Gregoire sues feds over rule that would increase the number of low-income children without health coverage.
A Detailed Review of WA's Cover All Kids Law - updated in December, 2009.
17 lawmakers recognized for leadership to improve the well-being of vulnerable children.
The Health Coalition for Children and Youth took a unified stand on SCHIP Reauthorization - Read the position paper