Apple Health for Kids gives Washington families affordable, appropriate health care for their children. Thousands of parents have turned to Apple Health for Kids to secure regular check-ups and other services so that common childhood illnesses do not develop into chronic and costly health problems.
Policy Papers & Issue Briefs
On February 29th, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunction prohibiting the Department of Social and Health Services from eliminating or cutting benefits provided under the State Food Assistance Program (SFA). Legal protection for more than 31,000 people, including 12,500 children, living in households receiving SFA no longer exists.
The Children’s Alliance is committed to a Washington State where all children can reach their potential. We believe every child deserves a loving family, equal opportunities to learn and thrive, and a social support system that helps keep them safe and healthy, no matter who their parents are.
Read more here.
Despite an epic snowstorm, consumers, practicing dentists, and representatives of community-based groups and tribal organizations testified about the multiple benefits of creating an innovative new licensed dental practitioner in Washington.
Read the experiences of three Washingtonians who are speaking up to improve access to dental care.
“It’s about what the people need. It’s hard to get dental care, and this new provider could fill the gap and reach more people who need preventative care so they don’t face the kind of problems I am facing.” - Kim Rice, Vancouver
House Bill 2448 would establish a voluntary early learning program for three- and four-year-olds in Washington, with additional support for children from birth to age three. Read a two-page fact sheet about the bill by the Early Learning Action Alliance.
Every child needs access to good nutrition in order to learn, grow and thrive. But the number of hungry Washington households has nearly doubled since 2007. State Food Assistance ensures equal treatment of our state's hungry;eliminating SFA would further disrupt the lives of thousands of children – disproportionately children of color – all across the state.
Learn more about State Food Assistance.
Apple Health for Kids gives thousands of Washington children the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Read how Apple Health for Kids helps Washington's children grow up healthy.
More than half of children entering kindergarten classrooms across Washington have not had the opportunities they need to be ready for school. We know that for low-income children and children of color, this is more likely to be true. But quality early learning can help close the opportunity gap. Read a policy paper by the Early Learning Action Alliance.
Washington’s health care leaders are looking for ways to increase access to care for more people while making care more affordable. Boosting the dental care workforce is identified locally and nationally as a necessary part of increasing access to oral health care.
The Washington Dental Access Campaign supports a workforce solution that meets the needs of our most vulnerable populations including children, seniors, low-income adults and people living with mobility issues.
The State of Washington’s Children 2012 is a broad review of how Washington’s 1.5 million kids are faring in tough times. The report is issued by KIDS COUNT in Washington, a new partnership between Children’s Alliance and the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.
The state legislature reduced funding for State Food Assistance (SFA) by half for the current biennium. A court order is in place prohibiting the benefit reduction, however, pending the outcome of an equal protection and due process lawsuit on behalf of SFA recipients. Gov. Christine Gregoire has again proposed to eliminate the program.
Download The Facts about State Food Assistance to learn more.
For a comprehensive look at all early learning programs affected in the 2011-2013 biennium, check out Children's Alliance's conference budget recommendations.
The Children’s Alliance released the following statement today in response to Senate Bill 5929, which will limit enrollment in the state’s popular, successful, cost-effective health coverage program, Apple Health for Kids. Read it here. Read our statement here.
One out of three kids in Snohomish County gets health care thanks to Apple Health for Kids. Read our fact sheet.
Covering all kids made sense in good times; it makes even more sense in hard times. Apple Health for Kids — Washington’s children’s health insurance program — is a proven success and a lifeline to struggling families during this Great Recession. Read our fact sheet on Apple Health for Kids.
HB 1310 would create a new, licensed mid-level dental provider to help improve access for low-income, uninsured, and disadvantaged Washingtonians who have untreated oral health needs. Our fact sheet counters some common myths and misperceptions about dental therapists. Download a copy.