Cover All Kids

Health Care Campaign

Every child should have health coverage. As a state we’ve made tremendous progress. In early 2007 Governor Gregoire signed the Cover All Kids law. It phases in comprehensive health insurance options under the umbrella of Apple Health for Kids. Watch this video to see the impact Apple Health for Kids is having on kids and families across the state.

The Children’s Alliance and our partners in the Health Coalition for Children and Youth are working every step of the way to make sure the Cover All Kids law fulfills its promise. We’ll continue to pursue policies that will create equal access to care for all children in Washington State.

No Kidding! Blog

Five facts about dental therapists

 

Momentum is building for the authorization and training of dental therapists across the state. You can help push this movement for oral health care forward—here’s what we would like you to know:

Dental therapists provide safe, quality care.
A review of more than 1,100 studies and reports found that dental therapists provide high-quality care. There have been zero adverse patient incidents in 10 years in Alaska and Minnesota. Dental therapists would provide routine and preventive care to Washingtonians who can’t currently get it. Approximately 5 out of 6 services provided by dental therapists are routine and preventive, like fillings. Dental therapists can work in schools, nursing homes, and community-based health centers—bringing care within reach of those who are currently shut out of a dental care system that isn’t working for everyone.

Historic step for Tribes, kids, communities


Today the Swinomish Tribe in Washington state is taking the historic step of hiring an Alaska-trained dental therapist to bring preventive and routine dental care to its members.

In doing so, the Swinomish are taking the lead in providing preventive and routine care that’s been blocked for too many years.

The Children’s Alliance enthusiastically supports this action by the Swinomish to improve oral health. As the Tribe has noted, its dental professionals see twice as many patients as average oral health care providers. Hiring a dental therapist is an affordable way to meet the clinic’s demand for routine, preventive care.

Latest News

ADVISORY: Have a Heart for Kids Day brings kids, parents, advocates to Olympia to protect children and families

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:43am
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Fri., Feb. 12, 2016

WHO
: Hundreds of parents, their children, and community leaders from across the state, including Spokane, Wenatchee and Seattle.

Children’s Alliance applauds U.S. Senate for Renewing support for Apple Health for Kids

Posted on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 8:12am
SEATTLE—Advocates for children and families in Washington applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a bill yesterday that extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years. 
The vote follows passage of identical legislation in the House. It demonstrates that members of Congress overwhelmingly support the CHIP program and understand it is vital to keeping kids across the country healthy.

Resources

Dental Therapists: Good for Oral Health, Good for Washington

Created on: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 7:13am

Dental therapists will provide care to rural, low-income, and Tribal communities; communities of color; and patients who are publicly insured or uninsured.   Currently, these communities and patients are not being adequately served by dentists—if at all. Read more.

Fact Sheet: Oral Health Matters

Created on: Friday, January 15, 2016 - 1:36pm

For too long, oral health has gone unrecognized as integral to overall health. Too many Washingtonians do not have access to routine and preventive oral health care. Read more.