- No revenue problem, just every other problem | The Spokesman-Review | 05-27-2011
- “We don’t have a revenue problem.” … Can you imagine a more self-comforting myth? When my taxes go down, it’s good for everyone. The best thing to do for the poor is unburden the rich.
- Federal Government Launches Early Learning Race to the Tops Funds, Washington Poised to Compete | Birth to Thrive (Thrive by Five Washington blog) | 05-25-2011
- The federal government made a big move to help early education today, announcing a $500 million Race to the Top competition for early learning programs, and Washington state appears ready to enter the contest.
- A Tale of Two Legislators | The Pacific Northwest Inlander | 06-01-2011
- In response to the question, “What did the Legislature do this year that will have the most direct impact on citizens?” Rep. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, responded: “One of the big wins in the budget is to preserve the Apple Health for Kids program. That’s incredibly important throughout the state and particularly our region, and that was one of my priorities [since] 650,000 low-income children are on that program.”
- Congress mulls cuts to food stamps program amid record number of recipients | ABC News | 05-31-2011
- The House Appropriations Committee today will review the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill for the Department of Agriculture that includes $71 billion for the agency’s “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.” That’s $2 billion less than what President Obama requested but a 9 percent increase from 2011, which, critics say, is too large given the sizeable budget deficit. A record number of Americans — about 14 percent – now rely on the federal government’s food stamps program and its rapid expansion in recent years has become a politically explosive topic.
- Sen. Harry Reid: GOP Would Cut Health Insurance for $1.7 Million Kids | Huffington Post | 05-31-2011
- And we wanted to ensure that low-income children, the elderly, and people with disabilities would be protected, so we included an important provision requiring states to keep Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) strong. It prevents states from cutting Medicaid coverage for adults prior to January 1, 2014 and protects children's coverage in Medicaid and CHIP through 2019…. Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues have introduced a bill that would unravel these stability protections, possibly denying hundreds of thousands of women and children access to health care provided through Medicaid and eliminating or cutting the Children's Health Insurance Program, depending on the state.
- Don’t mess with Medicaid, either…| Health Access blog | 05-26-2011
- As Ezra Klein reports, there has been some concern that the focus on Medicare might make Medicaid more vulnerable. But he highlighted the defense of Medicaid by top White House official Gene Sperling: "There is enormous discussion about the revenue side and the Medicare side. But from a policy perspective, from a values perspective, we should be very deeply troubled by the Medicaid cuts in the House Republican plan."
- The U.S. Shouldn’t Solve Its Debt Problems By Robbing Health Programs for Kids | MomsRising Blog | 05-25-2011
- In the discussion about the national debt, the moral imperative of not saddling our children with debt is frequently heralded. It makes perfect sense that the current generation should find ways to manage finances wisely to avoid such a scenario. It also makes sense that we should make investments to provide children with the ability to grow up to be healthy and productive. What doesn’t make sense is to rob today’s children of the health care they need in order to achieve unrelated goals of balanced budgets—and this is exactly what a debt reduction scheme like the global spending cap would do. This proposal, in fact, would plunder two key health programs: Medicaid, which covers 30 million children, and CHIP, covering an additional 8 million children.
In this edition, the news continues to highlight state legislators’ protection of Apple Health for Kids. In addition, the need for revenue in our state and the possibility of new early learning federal funds are discussed, and in national news, food stamp funding is the subject of debate, while analysis of the federal debt ceiling and spending cap translates into “bad for children’s health.”
Advocates protect children’s health in Washington State | Seattle Medium | 06-01-2011
Among the Senate’s proposals was an enrollment cap, higher premiums for more than 100,000 children, and loss of coverage for some undocumented kids. None of these harmful changes made it into the final budget. “This year, legislators from all parts of Washington kept their promise to children and upheld their commitment to cover all kids,” says Gould. “They recognized the value of all children and preserved the smart policies that have been put in place to ensure preventive health care for kids.”