In state news, one Children’s Alliance advocate fights for her community as they deal with the loss of half their food assistance. The agriculture industry gives Apple Health for Kids a boost, and Asian Pacific Islander leaders support marriage equality to strengthen families. According to this week’s budget forecast, meeting our constitutional obligation to fund education won't work without new tax revenue.
Apple Health for Kids provides health care for 4 out of 10 of our state’s children. Yet more than 100,000 children remain uninsured – less likely to get the health care they need to grow up well and succeed in school. A key player in Washington’s apple industry wants to take a bite out of that problem.
The newly released Kids Count Databook on child-wellbeing shows that economic hardship has pulled 65,000 of Washington’s kids into poverty since the beginning of the recession. While on-time graduation rates and test scores dropped during this time, children’s health coverage improved remarkably. In national news, a long waiting list for child care demands that we invest in our children instead of giving tax breaks to the richest 2 percent. One education analyst asserts that meeting the needs of children means a sharper focus on racial equity in child policymaking and practices.
In Washington state, deep food stamp cuts leave one Marshallese family in Spokane with a daily food budget of $1.20 per person, per meal. A new report finds that federal spending for children’s programs has declined for the first time in three decades, the labor movement supports same-sex marriage to support strong families, and an initiative to lock a two-thirds majority vote in the State Legislature will leave kids in the dust. In national news, a former U.S. surgeon general says the oral health crisis calls for a new licensed dental practitioner to expand the reach of quality care.
Many Children’s Alliance members know what the Affordable Care Act means for their families. Most regard the new law as a welcome change.
That’s what we’ve heard from the 68 people who answered our recent survey asking families to share “how you believe you are, or may be, affected by the Affordable Care Act."
One million people in Washington use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to feed their families. Two out of every 3 households receiving assistance includes a child. Washington’s children are at great risk of hunger – an experience no child should go through.
In White Center near West Seattle, a food bank shares how deep cuts to food stamps will worsen their struggle to feed hungry families. In other state news, a new report finds that child care for young children now costs more than college tuition, and policy analysts say that expanding Medicaid in Washington would lower state health care costs overall. In national news, families of color need food stamps amid hard times, and one congresswoman declares it’s time to invest more in kids for the future of our nation.
This month, tens of thousands of Washington’s families lose half their State Food Assistance, with Children’s Alliance standing by one hard-hit immigrant community in Spokane. Last week, a family in Mukilteo was relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act; now their son can get the care he needs. In other news, an editorial writer praises the decision’s implications for Washington’s kids, and an in-depth report discusses what steps Washington took to improve access to health coverage for all families.
A recent editorial says deep cuts to food stamps in the Farm Bill would hurt 234,000 Washington families. In other news, a strong advocate in Lacey gets recognition for protecting State Food Assistance for 12,500 hungry children in Washington. In national news, an amendment to prevent a $4.5 billion cut to food stamps is voted down in the U.S. Senate. The Affordable Care Act’s health coverage expansion to 49 million parents is good for kids, and President Obama’s new immigration policy to protect young people will make waves in early learning.
At the Voices for Children Awards Luncheon last week, Children’s Alliance recognized the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Washington Parent Ambassadors and Jiji Jally for their stellar advocacy for kids. In national news, an editorial calls for protections to food stamps in the Farm Bill, and a columnist reminds us that prior to the Affordable Care Act, 28 percent of young Americans were uninsured.