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Innovation that Kids Need

 

Our elected representatives returned to Olympia this week, and in the midst of a fragile economic recovery, many of them are asking an important question: How do we manage the state’s finite resources in ways that build strong families and healthy communities?

There’s growing momentum for one good answer: a mid-level dental practitioner trained to provide routine, cost-effective oral health care where it’s most urgently needed.

Apple Health for Kids wins federal bonus


Apple Health for Kids, Washington’s health coverage program for children, won $7.84 million from the federal government last Monday, December 30.

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded the money, a performance bonus, to Washington, for connecting more children to health care. Our state was among 23 states nationwide to earn bonuses for getting more children enrolled in health coverage.

Our work in Olympia in 2014


The Children's Alliance 2014 legislative agenda was finalized this week. When the 2014 State Legislature convenes in Olympia in the second week of January, we'll be calling on legislators to:

Congress's Wrongheaded Approach to the Farm Bill

Washington state has taken smart steps to solve childhood hunger. When Congress eliminated food assistance for immigrant families, state lawmakers created the Food Assistance Program, which has helped connect tens of thousands of children with the food they need to thrive. Nearly 20 years after it was created, Washington lawmakers still support food assistance.

Food Stamps, Kids, and Courage

Last Friday, more than 1.1 million of our fellow Washingtonians saw their food assistance benefits cut, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expired.