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Kids in the News, July 7, 2011

Christina 07/07/11

In this week’s edition, as summer meals grow in popularity for hungry kids in the state, a clear funding and service shortage exists. In national news, Medicaid has positively impacted low-income children and adults, cost-shifting the program to states would impose an unfair burden to the poor, and the U.S. economy can’t survive without the program.

School’s out but free eats are still in | The News Tribune (Tacoma) | 07-06-2011
Meal sites around Pierce County are held at schools, parks, playgrounds, apartments and child care centers. The Kid Power Center, which operates in the South End Neighborhood Center, is participating for the second time. It’s at 7802 S. L St. “We did it last year, and it was very rewarding,” said Joanna King, director of The Kid Power Center. King said that for some kids, the lunch may be the only regular meal they have all day. Unfortunately, there are times when there’s not enough food to go around. “The second day we had to turn away 13 kids, which we feel really bad about,” King said.
WA Groups Work to 'Dish Up' More Summer Meals for Kids | Public News Service | 07-05-2011
Claire Lane, food security manager with the nonprofit health-education group Within Reach, says part of the problem is that communities typically rely on school districts for summer food programs, and budget cuts have forced many schools to end, or at least curtail, meal service along with other summer enrichment programs. "In the past, a school district might say, 'We are running summer school for the three weeks in July, and we're going to run our summer meal site for those three weeks and then all through August.' When they cut back, they said, 'We're only going to run it while we're running summer school.'"
Summer meals get big 'Hoorah' " | Kitsap Sun | 06-30-2011
It’s the second year the feeding program has been hosted in Bremerton at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, and the number of meals served is expected to double over last year, said Joann Carlson, administrator for Martha and Mary Children’s Services. This summer, the program expects to distribute close to 5,400 meals from June 20 to Sept. 2.Kids who participate often take part in the federal school free lunch program during the school year. Larry Robinson, pastor of Emmanuel Apostolic, said the program helps many struggling Bremerton families who find it hard to feed their children during the summer months.
City, Community kick off free summer meal programs for kids | Ballard News Tribune | 06-27-2011
“When it comes to our kids, we must do everything possible to provide them the nutrition needed to be healthy, active and ready for the future," said Dannette R. Smith, director of the Seattle Human Services Department. “… we can make sure children have access to nutritious food year round.” The program runs from Monday, June 27 through August 26, 2011 at approximately 90 sites across the city.
Special summer program keeps kids from going hungry | KOMO News | 06-25-2011
The Summer Food Service Program, offered by Seattle's Human
Services Department, is a godsend to Tammy Nguyen, who worried she
wouldn't be able to feed her children this summer. "Being a low-income
mom, providing three meals a day is hard, and any free resources in the
community helps, a lot," she says.
Medicaid Makes a Big Difference in Lives, Study Finds | National Public Radio (NPR) | 07-06-2011
Overall, researchers found that compared to people without insurance, those with Medicaid had better access to and used more health care; they were less likely to experience unpaid medical bills; they were more likely to report being in good health; and they were less likely to report feeling depressed. In fact, says MIT economist Amy Finkelstein, among those with Medicaid, "We report almost a one-third increase in the probability that you report yourself as being happy."
Editorial: Preserving Health Coverage for the Poor | New York Times | 07-05-2011
In tough economic times, Medicaid enrollments typically soar as government revenues shrink, adding budget woes.
Richard Kirsch: What's Wrong with the Obama Administration's Cuts to Medicaid | The Huffington Post | 07-06-2011
Unfortunately, most of the proposals that have been made by President Obama in the debt-ceiling negotiations are a kinder and gentler version of the same wrong-headed policy of shifting costs to states, and through them to American families, rather than dealing with the underlying reasons that Medicaid costs are rising.
Medicaid payments go under the knife | USA Today | 07-05-2011
"It's always a concern that when providers get less from Medicaid, that they will shift the costs to private insurance so families and employers pay more," says Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, an industry group….States reducing payments to hospitals include Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Editorial: An Unfair Burden | New York Times | 06-25-2011
Federal stimulus funds for Medicaid — an additional $102 billion to the states over the past three years — run out at the end of June. Long-term deficit reduction will require controlling health care costs. But with the economy weak, there is no excuse for immediate cuts to the joint federal and state health program that is a lifeline for 68 million low-income Americans.
Donna Norton and Ashley Boyd: On the Line: Kids’ Health Care for 1 in 3 Kids | Huffington Post | 06-20-2011
If we don't stand up for our kids now in the budget negotiations, no one will. Please send a letter now telling Congress not to enrich corporate special interests at the expense of our kids!
America, land of the free to go hungry | The Peninsula | 06-26-2011
With the latest set of proposals, “belt tightening” will have a very literal meaning for millions of Americans as Republicans in Congress have now proposed cutting and radically restructuring the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – the program more commonly known as food stamps – despite record numbers of people presently on the rolls. Without question, these cuts and changes would prove devastating for many of those to whom food stamps represent a last line of defense against hunger.