Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Health Care

Bringing equity to health care with Senate Bill 5683

Children’s Alliance members and staff joined parents, advocates, policymakers and families from across the state on Thursday, March 22 to witness the signing of Senate Bill 5683, delivering needed access to health care to Washington residents from three Pacific Island nations.

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Smile survey reveals persistent disparities in access to oral health care

Tooth decay is a preventable disease that has serious consequences, and too many children are suffering for lack of care—especially children of color, kids in low-income households, and kids living in homes where English is not the primary language. Poor oral health hurts the physical and psychological well-being of children, as the report notes. As state data has previously shown, lack of access to timely care is a particular concern for families in communities of color.

Kids’ health: Protected by advocacy

Photo: Vicky (left) and Sarah McIntyre (right), with members of their family at Have a Heart for Kids Day last month. Mother and daughter were two of the many Washingtonians who spoke out against the repeal of Obamacare this past week.

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Apple Health for Kids turns 10

Ten years ago this week, something remarkable happened.

Governor Chris Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5093, the state Cover All Kids bill, creating Apple Health for Kids and beginning a new era in Washington children’s access to health care.

Towards improving oral health equity in Washington

PHOTO: Children's Alliance deputy director Jon Gould stands with Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community chairman and president of the National Congress of American Indians, at the state capitol today. Advocates were present to witness the signing of Senate Bill 5079, which recognizes the right of Tribal governments to hire dental therapists.
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Love overflowing for Washington’s kids

 

Bremerton mother Natasha Fecteau has been learning how to make a difference for kids for several years. This year, she put her learning to work to a far greater extent than before.

Natasha believes child care ought to be within financial reach of parents who are struggling to earn a living. That’s why, when the Children’s Alliance issued a call this year for budget action to protect early learning and stable care for kids, she spoke up for Working Connections Child Care.

She believes timely, preventive oral health care ought to be available for kids and their families. So when Children’s Alliance pushed this year for the creation and authorization of dental therapists, she spoke up about her own arduous experience trying to find a dental professional she could afford.

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A Mother’s Day gift for Washington’s kids

 

This Mother’s Day, let’s give moms and other caregivers an important gift: access to high quality, affordable child care. While high quality child care is a critical component of supporting working parents and giving children a strong start in life, the cost of care is a barrier for many families.

Washington was ranked the sixth least affordable state for center-based infant care and the 10th least affordable state for center-based care for a four-year-old. Put into perspective, a minimum-wage worker in Washington would have to work full time from January to August just to pay for child care for one infant.