In this edition, Washington’s hospitals are pushing the State Legislature to build a revenue bridge over the budget hole; broad support for a new kind of mid-level dental provider in Washington built momentum that will move into next year, and proposed cuts to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will negatively impact Working Connection Child Care subsidies. In national news, a Vermont senator talks about America’s dental crisis, and portraits of hungry children illustrate the need for food stamps.
Last Monday President Obama released his budget priorities for the fiscal year that begins on October 1. His proposal focuses on reducing the federal deficit while also maintaining and even increasing certain investments in children.
Important legislation to help meet the oral health needs of kids and families took a major step forward this year in Washington.
Senate Bill 6126, legislation to improve dental access in our state, passed out of the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee with the support of committee Chair Sen. Karen Keiser, and lead sponsor, Sen. David Frockt, and early backing from Rep. Eileen Cody. The bill made marked strides, but did not pass the Rules Committee by the February 14th cut-off this legislative session.
The remarkable progress of this issue is the product of a diverse and growing campaign. The Washington Dental Access Campaign will continue the momentum to create a mid-level provider as a way to modernize our state’s oral health workforce and improve access to routine dental care.
Last Monday, Washington anti-hunger advocates sat down with a key Obama administration official and informed him that children and families across our state continue to feel the impact of the recession.
The federal Affordable Care Act was signed into law nearly two years ago. Since then, we at the Children’s Alliance, alongside health advocates across the state, have been working to make health care reform a reality in Washington.
In the next few weeks, health care leaders in the state House and Senate will take a crucial next step: They’ll set up ground rules for the state’s new Health Insurance Exchange.
In this edition, a longtime dental hygienist says Washington state needs a new type of licensed dental provider to extend care when and where it’s needed. In other state news, the Marriage Equality Bill passes the Senate, advocates show that the Quality Early Learning Act of 2012 means quality education can reach as many of Washington’s three- and-four-year-olds as possible. In national media, a new report says 48 percent of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch eat breakfast at school.
History was made tonight when the Marriage Equality Bill passed out of the state Senate on a bipartisan vote of 28-21. The bill awaits a vote in the House of Representatives.
Children’s Alliance is proud to stand with families across the state who would benefit from this legislation.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender parents in every corner of our state are raising kids and striving to give them all they need to grow and flourish. No public policy should stand in their way.