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Media Digest 3-23-2010

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In this edition, you’ll find breakdowns of what federal health care reform will mean for children and families here and across the country. You’ll also read about budget and revenue negotiations that continue in Olympia, an analysis of the soda industry’s fight against efforts to tax sugar-sweetened drinks here in Washington, and about steps our state has taken to smooth children’s transition from early learning programs to kindergarten.

What the overhaul means in eyes of
local providers I The Herald I 03-23-2010

Here’s what’s promised under the new federal health care bill:
Parents who get a new job won’t have their kids turned down for health
insurance because of an ongoing medical problem. This is one of the
changes health care professionals say families will see most quickly
from the national health insurance legislation passed by the House of
Representatives on Sunday.
Health care reform bill 101: What
does it mean for kids and families? I The Christian Science Monitor I
“Wow, this new healthcare bill looks like a big deal. How is it
going to affect my family?” Millions of Americans are probably asking
that question in the wake of the historic House passage of reform
legislation Sunday night. The debate over this issue has been long,
heated, and confusing, after all. The bill itself is thousands of pages
long. Who has the time to follow that kind of thing when there is
laundry to do, and meals to cook, and math homework to check? The short
answer is that healthcare reform will affect families differently,
depending on their different circumstances.
Special Session Day 9 I The Washington
Ledge I 03-23-2010
The Statehouse is eerily quiet this Tuesday. Except for a Pro
Forma Session in the Senate, lawmakers are not in session. In fact I saw
a couple of Senators wandering around in jeans today.
Washington Legislature still split
over taxes | Seattle Times I 03-22-2010
A weekend of negotiations between the governor and Democratic
leaders in the House and Senate apparently led nowhere when it came to
the impasse over taxes. The Senate still wants a temporary general
sales-tax increase to help close a $2.8 billion budget shortfall, and
the House does not. With the Legislature in its second week of a special
session, no one seems optimistic about wrapping up soon.
Analysis: How Soft Drink Lobby’s
Victory in WA Matters to National Soda Tax Debate I Olympia Newswire I
The soda industry’s lobbying campaign to prevent the Washington
state legislature from enacting a soda tax this year was business as
usual in Olympia, and so almost not newsworthy. As the Newswire reported
yesterday, the governor proposed an excise tax on soft drinks to the
legislature, but industry lobbyists were able to scare politicians away
from the idea before it even had a hearing. Innumerable bills fail to
pass the legislature every year because some interest group mobilized
against it. What made this issue any different?
Washington State Offers Federal
Policymakers Ideas on How to Get PreK-3rd Right I Birth to Thrive I
National policymakers are spending an increasing amount of time
talking about integrating pre-kindergarten and the first years of
school. If they want good ideas about how to do it they should look at
Washington state.
Parent Ambassador Program giving
parents a voice I Learning for Life - Thrive by Five I 03-17-2010
They're not professional lobbyists. They're something equally -
if not more - powerful: Parents with a passion for their kids ... and a
newfound voice. In its second year, the Parent Ambassador Program run
by the Washington State Association of Head Start & Early Childhood
Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) recently helped 19 moms and dads of
young children from around the state - and from some of the state's
poorest households - find their voice and begin using it to influence
policy, program and funding decisions from Olympia to Washington, DC.
Evidence Suggests Obesity Prevention
Should Start Very Early I New York Times I 03-22-2010
Schools have banned cupcakes, issued obesity report cards and
cleared space in cafeterias for salad bars. Just last month, Michelle
Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity promised to get young people
moving more and revamp school lunch, and beverage makers said they had
cut the sheer number of liquid calories shipped to schools by almost 90
percent in the past five years. But new research suggests that
interventions aimed at school-aged children may be, if not too little,
too late.
  • Read more about a federal stimulus grant Public Health - Seattle & King County won to combat obesity and tobacco use.
Arizona Drops Children’s Health
Program I New York Times I 03-23-2010
Arizona on Thursday became the first state to eliminate its
Children’s Health Insurance Program when Gov. Jan Brewer signed an
austere budget that will leave nearly 47,000 low-income children without
  • Here in Washington, the Children's Alliance and other
    advocacy groups have fought hard to protect Apple Health for Kids, the
    state's CHIP/Medicaid program. So far, budget proposals from the
    governor, House and Senate have maintained Apple Health for Kids
    eligibility levels, though the Senate has proposed eliminating funding
    for outreach
    that helps enroll eligible children.