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Press Release: Bill would ease kids' oral health crisis

House Bill 1310 would bring a time-tested response to oral health care problems among Washingtonians of all ages: a dental therapist, a new mid-level oral health provider that enhances the work of dentists.

The bill is getting a hearing before the House Health Care and Wellness Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 8 a.m. in the John L. O’Brien Building, House Hearing Room B.

Press Release: Thousands lose income assistance today

Today the Department of Social and Health Services stops the payment of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to more than 5,000 families raising approximately 10,000 children across the state.

“Today is a sad day for the state of Washington,” says Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould. “The recession has already pushed 40,000 of Washington’s children into poverty. Now, one of the public structures that helps families survive hard times is being dismantled when it is needed most.”

Media Release: $17.6 Million Reward Could Sustain Apple Health for Kids

(Monday, Dec. 27, 2010) — Apple Health for Kids, Washington’s health coverage program for children, has won $17.6 million from the federal government − a timely windfall that could prevent thousands of children from losing their health coverage.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded the money, a performance bonus, to Washington and 14 other states with health coverage programs that are doing outstanding work to enroll eligible children.

Media Release: Hunger up 36 percent in Washington state

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 – A report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that hunger in Washington is taking a higher toll on families in 2009 than in previous years. Since the economic recession took root in the state in 2008, the number of Washington families struggling to put food on the table has spiked.

The number of Washington households that are food insecure, meaning they struggle to afford enough nutritious food, rose from 288,000 to 367,000 in 2009, a 27 percent increase over the prior year. The rise in households that are hungry was even more striking: 152,200 Washington households met the definition for hunger (called “very low food insecurity” in the report), up 40,200 or 36 percent.

We're in the News: Seattle Times Op-Ed

Children's Alliance Executive Director Paola Maranan authored an Op-Ed published in the Seattle Times on Sunday, November 7th, 2010. She makes the case that Congress should protect funding for Working Connections Child Care by passing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund. The article makes it clear that failing to protect the Working Connections child care and employment program can only hurt kids, families, and the Washington state's economic recovery.

Dental therapists could improve kids' oral health

TUESDAY, OCT. 26 2010 - Dental therapists are providing safe, competent, and appropriate oral health care, according to a multi-year study of their work in five Alaska communities.

The study, released today, is the first major independent assessment of dental therapists working in the United States. Its results will inform the Children’s Alliance’s work to expand access to oral health care for families in Washington.

WE'RE IN THE NEWS: THE VALUES IN WASHINGTON STATE'S BUDGET

Child and senior advocates teamed up today to send a joint message to Governor Gregoire and other state lawmakers: Keep Washington’s values at the core of the budget debate.  

The Seattle Times published an Op-Ed co-authored by Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance, and Ingrid McDonald, advocacy director of AARP Washington. They write:

WE'RE IN THE NEWS: CONGRESS SHOULD FEED HUNGRY KIDS WHEN THE NEED IS GREATEST

Right now Congress has the once-every-five-year opportunity to improve the quality of school, child-care and summer meals and make them available to more children.

The Seattle Times ran an oped by Linda Stone, senior food policy coordinator at the Children's Alliance, calling on Congress to listen to the call that President Obama and anti-hunger experts have made to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act with an increase of $1 billion per year over 10 years.