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Media Digest 01-22-2011

Christina 01/22/11


In this edition, House budget writers protect Apple Health for Kids as an essential for children during a tough legislative session, and Washington Budget & Policy Center releases a cogent analysis about how Working Connections Child Care cuts will have a tremendous negative impact on basic family income stability and Washington’s labor force. In other news, a Huffington Post guest column points to children as the answer to our economic conundrum, First Focus releases a national report that shows investment in children’s health programs improved coverage for kids overall, and a Centers for Disease Control report suggests more research and attention should go to racial disparities, which largely determine health outcomes in the U.S.

House budget cuts $340M, preserves health care for children | The Associated Press | 01-18-2011
The House budget proposal leaves school levy equalization funds for poor school districts intact and maintains the state’s Disability Lifeline program, which helps adults who can’t work. Their budget also preserves a health care program for children.
Reduced eligibility for child care assistance makes it even harder for a parent to meet their family’s basic needs | Washington Budget & Policy Center | 01-21-2011
A lack of access to affordable child care is the biggest barrier low-income parents face to joining the work force. The Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) program helps low-income families pay for child care so they can participate in the labor force and gradually achieve self-sufficiency… As a result of the reduction 3,612 parents currently receiving WCCC will lose access to affordable child care, and at least 1,600 families per month will be denied from the program.
Deficit Reduction: Not at the cost of our children | The Huffington Post | 01-21-2011
We have the facts -- now we need the political will. For inspiration (and proof it works), we can look to Britain where Tony Blair began a war on child poverty in 1999 and 10 years later, through a series of measures including early childhood education, child care and supports for families cut the child poverty rate by more than half.
New Report Shows Recovery Funding Steadied Health Coverage for Kids | First Focus News | 01-13-2011
The study’s findings show that despite the tough economic times,13 states were able to increase Medicaid eligibility for various groups (notably pregnant women and lawfully-residing immigrant children) and 14 states worked to improve their enrollment and renewal procedures, mostly to make it easier for parents to enroll their children into coverage.
Broad Racial Disparities Seen in Americans’ Ills | The New York Times | 01-13-2011
Dr. Frieden said the purpose of the report was not to nudge the White House or Congress to take any particular action. But said that two relatively new laws had greatly improved the nation’s health and narrowed the racial gaps. One was the 1994 Vaccines for Children program, which pays for poor children’s immunizations. The second was the earned-income tax credit, which motivates poor people to find jobs.