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Kids in the News, April 19, 2011

Christina 04/18/11

In this week’s edition, Apple Health for Kids takes center stage as a Senate budget proposal threatens to close the door to health care for thousands of Washington kids. Also, the budget cuts disproportionately impact communities of color, federal proposals for Basic Food impact our state’s most vulnerable families, and law enforcement leaders cite Head Start and Early Head Start as a direct solution to public safety issues.

Children’s health takes center stage in budget cuts | Publicola | 04-13-2011
That last example was brought to our attention by Jon Gould, Deputy Director at the Children’s Alliance, who said the budget is “ugly ... worse than I thought." The cap—on [Apple Health for Kids] that currently serves about 26,000 kids—is 22,5000. Additionally, the budget for the program that serves undocumented children was cut by $6 million…. The budget also makes more families pay a premium per child for the care.
Senate undoes commitment to children’s health for all kids, advocates say | Publicola | 04-12-2011
“Children’s health care needs don’t change based on where they were born,” says Jon Gould of the Children’s Alliance. “We are undoing our commitment to all kids, no matter how they arrived in Washington State or where they were born.” Apple Health [for Kids], passed by the legislature in 2007, established a program that guaranteed coverage for all kids below 300 percent of the federal poverty level; this proposal jeopardizes that for all undocumented kids.
'Heavy lifting’ looms in state budget | The Herald (Everett) | 04-13-2011
Opposition surfaced to provisions in the Senate plan restricting enrollment in the state-subsidized health care program for children. "We know from past experience that such changes don't successfully reduce spending," said Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children's Alliance, a statewide coalition of children's advocacy groups. And a consortium of progressive groups issued a statement urging lawmakers to balance spending cuts with eliminating tax breaks to raise revenue.
Using CHIPRA Bonus Payments in Advocacy | “Say Ahhh!” – A Children’s Health Policy blog of Georgetown University Center for Children and Families | 04-06-2011
With President Obama's signature on the five-year children's health reauthorization law came a powerful new tool in our advocacy toolbox: annual performance bonus payments to states that are leading the way on health coverage for kids.
Budget cuts would hit hard in communities of color | Crosscut.com | 04-07-2011
Darasanvanh Kommavongsa, a Laotian single mother of two who lives in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood, worries that her daughters, Genisis and Allyah, will lose their food assistance and Apple Health for Kids. Their future hangs in the balance as lawmakers deliberate about the biennial budget in Olympia….With the release of a recent report, “The Color of Cuts: The Disproportionate Impact of Budget Cuts on Communities of Color in Washington State”, the Washington Community Action Network is sounding an alarm about Washington state's biennial budget and its corrosive impact on the state’s communities of color.
Federal Proposal to Cut Food Assistance Would Increase Poverty in Washington State | Schmudget blog (Washington State Budget & Policy Center) | 04-12-2011
House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan’s budget plan proposes deep cuts to SNAP (federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or “food stamps.” The proposal calls for reductions of $127 billion over the next 10 years, which would be devastating to low-income families that rely on the program.
Senate budget threatens Washington’s future | Schmudget blog (Washington State Budget & Policy Center) | 04-13-2011
Core public structures that provide necessary support to our children, people with disabilities and low-income workers are ratcheted down to the bare bones through reduced and capped enrollment levels. ... Eligibility for some children in Apple Health for Kids is lowered and enrollment is capped at 22,500.
State plan to limit Medicaid could backfire on kids | The Seattle Times | 04-17-2011
Two-thirds of the 1.1 million state residents covered by Medicaid are children. As the budget-cutting process grinds away, taxpayer-supported medical care is being rationed, squeezing groups such as illegal immigrants and the working poor. With doctors' offices open limited hours and parents often working odd hours, many are forced to get care at the ER, says Dr. Tony Woodward, emergency-services medical director for Seattle Children's hospital. "A lot of those families we see at 3 in the morning came from their second job, or their job ended at midnight, and that's the only time they can come," he said.
Law enforcement leaders speak out for early learning | Public News Service | 04-15-2011
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he was one of those kids [who needed help], and a Head Start program got him off to a better start in life. "The money that we're spending to give them those early childhood experiences - to light that fire of intense interest in learning - is what's going to provide for their future. And that future can be a bright future; or that future can be sitting in a jail cell. Our choice, as a society."
Remy Trupin: Legislators need to take a longer view | The Herald (Everett) | 04-16-2011
As the economy continues its slow recovery, policy makers will be forced to deal with gaps between our needs and the resources we have to meet them for the next few years. We should make sure that the choices we make now to deal with this crisis don't undermine our future prosperity or leave us unprepared for the next recession. Legislators ought to consider including reforms as part of the budget for the next two years, such as those in Sen. Harper's bill.
Majority of New Moms Work, Only 1 in 7 Qualified Kids Receive Child Care Aid and Other Facts | Birth to Thrive (blog of Thrive to Five Washington) | 04-14-2011
Of all children eligible for child care subsidies only one in seven actually receive aid; overall, 45 percent of children under a year old are regularly in non-parental care; nearly 60 percent (59 percent) of moms with babies work; in this country, more than 20 percent of two-year-old children have not had all their shots.