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Kids in the News, May 16, 2011

Christina 05/16/11

In this week’s edition, Children’s Alliance  takes on the Senate attack on children’s health and clarifies what true reform means in our state, while one budget leader stands up for children’s coverage. Also, a local expert shows how the growing population of Washingtonians from the Marshall Islands carry a unique history that makes cutting their State Food Assistance a life-or-death situation.

The Senate Attack on Children’s Health is Not Reform | Publicola | 05-13-2011
Reform implies waste. Apple Health for Kids doesn’t fit the bill—unless the Senate thinks healthy kids are just a waste.
Quote of the day: Ross Hunter strikes again | Publicola | 05-05-2011
Asked about the senate’s demand for more dramatic, long-term reforms, such as the freeze on Basic Health Plan enrollment and a cap on enrollment in health care for kids, Ross Hunter says: “Just spending less money on education and children’s health care, that’s not reform, that’s just spending less money. Spending less money on kid’s health care and not giving a hand up to people that need help, that’s not why I’m here. In fact, that’s the opposite of why I’m here.”
Budgetary cuts threaten lives of Washington’s hungry and sick | The News Tribune | 05-06-2011
My heart goes out to the people in Japan reconstructing their lives and coming to terms with the radiological contamination that will threaten their well-being for decades to come. I am reminded of another population in our midst, a population in Washington state that has first-hand experience with the ways radiation exposure leads to diminished food security and migration: the people of the Marshall Islands.
“Smile Survey” shows oral health successes, challenges | Othello Outlook | 04-26-2011
Compared to the national Healthy People 2020 Objectives, Washington still has statistically significantly higher rates of decay for preschoolers and third-graders. Washington successfully met national objectives for untreated decay and sealant rates. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic disease in children, five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to health problems, including difficulty speaking, chewing and swallowing; increased cost of care; loss of self-esteem; needless pain; and lost work and school days.
Kids oral health efforts work but we need to do more | Yakima Herald-Republic | 05-06-02011
It is a wise investment to help children stay healthy rather than spending money to treat a disease that could have been prevented. The Smile Survey also revealed areas of concern. Low-income and minority children still have much higher rates of decay than the statewide average. Too many children in kindergarten have tooth decay (nearly 40 percent), affecting their readiness and ability to learn. Our state has made significant progress in the last five years. After several years of decline, children's oral health has improved thanks to the commitment of numerous public and private organizations that recognize the value of prevention and early treatment. The work needs to continue with a special focus on alleviating the health disparities that still exist
Legislators look at rolling back tax breaks to solve budget problem | The Herald (Everett) | 05- 06-2011
Murray wants to place a measure on the ballot to remove the two-thirds vote requirement for altering tax preferences. He and supporters think voters didn't realize the handcuffs placed on lawmakers by the initiative. "It would give voters a chance to create a more balanced and rational budgeting process," said Andy Nicholas, a policy analyst with the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.
Remy Trupin: How we can rebuild | The Herald (Everett) | 05-01-2011
Unfortunately, the 2011 Legislature will likely be remembered for dramatic cuts to many of the public services that are essential to our families and communities. The reductions in funding to education and health care will have long-lasting effects. The foundations of the public structures that underpin our state's economy and quality of life have been weakened with each cut, resulting in fractures that will take decades to repair.
Kids in the Quad | University of Washington Daily News | 05-05-2011
Julie Medero juggles two kids, a 14-month-old and a
4-year-old, and a job. She’s also pursuing a doctorate in electrical
engineering…. “It’s really hard to be a mom with a baby and go to
school when there’s nothing you can do with them,” Medero said about
trying to find a place for her children to stay while she’s in class.