As more and more Washington families feel the economic pinch and struggle to pay their bills, legislation passed almost two years ago is extending a lifeline of health security. Beginning January 1, 2009, Washington’s Apple Health for Kids phases in for children in families up to 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, around $52,800 a year for a family of three. The state will begin accepting applications for health coverage for these families beginning the last week of November (for coverage that will start January 1, 2009). One of the first children in line for this program will be seven-year-old Sarah McIntyre of Yakima. Sarah was born with a hole in her heart and cysts on one lung.
Read the Children’s Alliance press release.