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.
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:
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.
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.
The evidence continues to grow showing that the educational opportunity gap begins early – as young as 18 months.
Fortunately, parents, early childhood educators, and public officials know how to close that gap. That’s why they’re calling for increased investments in preschool, quality child care, voluntary home visiting and other programs that support the healthy development of young children.