Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Kids’ health: Protected by advocacy

Adam 03/24/17
PHOTO: Vicky and Sarah McIntyre with members of their family.

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.

There’s cause for celebration in the House’s decision not to put the American Health Care Act (AHCA) up for a vote. But plans to fundamentally restructure the primary financial pillar for Apple Health for Kids, Medicaid, are still threatening kids’ well-being.

Last week, advocates for healthy families from across Washington state raised their voices against the AHCA. Among the many Children’s Alliance members who called, wrote and spoke up to their elected officials are Vicky and Sarah McIntyre, the Yakima mother and daughter who have advocated for Apple Health for Kids’ comprehensive, affordable coverage since state lawmakers passed the Cover All Kids law 10 years ago this month.

Vicky’s perspective was aired in the Yakima Herald on Wednesday, and Sarah’s found a place in the paper’s letters section on Friday.

When we speak up, we can make a difference. We’re encouraged by the stance of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, whose concern for child health coverage contributed to the demise of the AHCA. Yet kids’ health coverage remains threatened. In coming months, we’ll continue to oppose efforts by federal lawmakers to jeopardize Apple Health for Kids and the health and well-being it safeguards among Washington’s children.