Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Kids in the News, July 21, 2011

Christina 07/21/11

In this edition, Children’s Alliance’s and AARP show that cutting Medicaid would set back our economy and harm kids and seniors in our state. Also, the Children’s Alliance builds community support for summer meals in Yakima County, and a Children’s Alliance member in Ellensburg is recognized for outstanding advocacy in her hometown. In national news, a new medical report proposes legislative solutions to dental care access, experts discuss assessment design for Race to the Top Early Learning funds, and child advocates urge Congress to walk their talk to prioritize kids in the federal budget, save Medicaid and protect WIC as child poverty escalates.

Op-Ed: Kids and seniors at serious risk in federal debt-limit battle | The Seattle Times | 07-14-2011
And Medicaid cuts will damage our fragile economic recovery. According to Families USA, if Medicaid is cut by 33 percent, Washington state could lose as much as $3.5 billion in business activity and 28,030 jobs. Those are jobs and dollars we just can't spare. Congress believes Medicaid's rising costs make it an easy target. But it's the poor economy that has given jobless Americans no other recourse. And Washington state has deployed winning strategies that already control the program's costs.
School districts, community groups work together to ensure low-income kids get meals | Yakima Herald | 07-19-2011
A group representing 14 community organizations … proved that the need (for summer meals) was there…the district was able to remain a sponsor and provided meals for 12 sites: six at summer school sites and six at sites managed by community groups. For Linda Stone of the Children's Alliance: "Yakima's the kind of community where if you can sort of point out what a change might mean to kids, then folks will put their heads together and come up with a solution," Stone said. The Children's Alliance is encouraging more community groups to join the effort.
Being an Advocate for Children and Families: Ellensburg’s Bianca Bailey Earns Award | The Daily Record (Ellensburg) | 07-08-2011
Bianca Bailey wasn’t afraid to join hundreds in a march for Have a Heart for Kids Day or to stand on the steps of the state Capitol to give a motivational speech. She wasn’t worried when testifying to the state legislature “to remind them of what’s going on here on the ground.” But when faced with being called on stage to receive her first ever Brewster C. Denny Award, “It was incredibly humbling and life reflecting,” Bailey said… The award was given by Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group that works to provide a voice for Washington’s children and families.
Demand increasing for free lunches | The News Tribune (Tacoma) | 07-16-2011
While every kid that shows up gets food, sites for the summer food program only can be opened inside the boundaries of schools where more than 50 percent of students are eligible for free lunch, a federal measure of poverty. By that measure, poverty has increased in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland during the past decade… To provide for those students in need, the Richland School District spent $10,000 this June. Pasco and Kennewick spend about $80,000 per summer. But not a penny of that comes out of local school budgets.
How to create long-term change with Race to the Top early learning grants | Birth to Thrive Online (blog of Thrive by Five Washington) | 07-19-2011
One of the keys to the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge’s long-term success will be leverage. How will states and the federal government leverage a relatively small amount of money, $500 million, to support systemic changes in early education across the country?
Underinvesting in Children | Governing Magazine | 07-12-2-11
Failure to invest now in children, however, will come back to haunt us. I had occasion recently to sit down with Bill Bentley, president and CEO of Voices for America's Children, a national coalition of service organizations and children and family advocacy groups. We talked about the potential impacts of proposed spending cuts, and how they could play out over the next five to 15 years. "It's incredibly hypocritical to talk about the problem of leaving our children saddled with debt," says Bentley, "even as they talk about such huge underinvestment in the future of our children."
Millions of Kids Lack Dental Care, IOM Reports | MedPage Today | 07-15-2011
Nearly five million U.S. children — or one out of every 16 — didn't receive dental care in 2008 because their families couldn't afford it, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).… The report authors also recommended an evidence-based oral health system that would eliminate barriers that contribute to oral health disparities, provide oral health services in a variety of settings, and rely on a diverse group of providers to administer dental care.
Program tackles oral health of Alaska Natives | Indian Country Today | 07-18-2011
Attendees of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) annual convention heard these dismal statistics at a session on oral health in Indian country. Then they listened to proponents speak about a program that has brought dental care to 35,000 Alaska Natives…. A dental therapist is not a dentist but more like a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. They are supervised by dentists, often remotely, by “teledentistry.” They are qualified to do preventative work, fillings and extractions, but not more complicated dentistry like crowns and root canals.
Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Devastate Latino Families | The Lund Report | 07-19-2011
“Medicaid plays a key role in protecting Latino families from uninsurance in every state in the Union,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at NCLR. “Latinos are an important part of our country’s future and will carry the legacy that comes with our runaway debt. But to cut the very programs that keep our most vulnerable healthy is shortsighted. Our nation will feel the severe effects of Medicaid cuts for generations to come.”
Maggie Kozel, M.D.: Medicaid Cuts: A Misguided Journey Back ...
Our system for getting poor children appropriate care in a timely fashion is working. We need to focus our attention now on optimizing these kinds of cost-saving improvements. It is painful to imagine a scenario in which we would take a step backward from these gains. This is why the current movement in Congress to reduce Medicaid funding is as misguided as it is alarming.
Editorial: The Value of Medicaid | The New York Times | 07-17-2011
Any politicians eager to find savings by denying poor people access to Medicaid should recognize that they will be harming the health and financial well-being of highly vulnerable Americans. Expanding Medicaid will increase spending in the short run. But the nation will benefit from a healthier, more productive population that, in the long run, may have less need for costly medical services.
Cutting WIC won’t solve our fiscal crisis | Bread Blog (Bread for the World) | 07-18-2011
Research shows that women who do participate in WIC give birth to healthier babies, and their children receive higher test scores than children of non-participants. Instead of targeting cuts in benefits when they are needed most…Congress should look at the budget in its entirety to address deficit reduction. … By cutting WIC, Congress would be losing the savings the program brings by ensuring mothers and their children remain healthy. Research shows that preterm births cost the country $26 billion a year; for every dollar spent on women in WIC, Medicaid saves $1.92 to $4.21.
The New Class War: Child poverty in U.S. nears 25 percent | Daily Kos: State of the Nation | 07-01-2011
...It is estimated the poverty rate for kids in this country will soon hit 25 percent. Those children would be the largest American generation to be raised in hard times since the Great Depression…A whole generation marked by poverty. Poverty caused by wealthy bankers making crappy bets, but then prolonged excruciatingly by a nation of political leaders who literally could not possibly do less to get out of recession if they tried. Poverty that will have long-term effects on these children's future prospects, and in turn on the American economy that will rely on them.