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Kids in the News, May 27, 2011

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In this week’s edition, the Children’s Alliance and thousands of parents, child advocates, and supportive legislators blocked any attempts to limit enrollment or deny health coverage to Washington children through Apple Health for Kids. In other news, a national columnist posits that public schools can only get better when we address child poverty.

Deep Cuts for Washington Health and Social Service Programs | KUOW | 05-27-2011

Lawmakers preserved Apple Health for Kids, the state program that provides health insurance for low–income children. For advocates like Jon Gould of the Children's Alliance, that's a big relief. "It's been a very tense time for families over the last six or seven months as they watched the news of the legislative session and gotten notices from the state saying they might lose their coverage,” says Gould. “To have the security to know that children's health needs will continue to be met is a big relief for many families and to the Children's Alliance."
Early Afternoon Jolt: Kids Health Care Spared Cuts | Publicola | 05-26-2011
Despite all the harsh cuts in the budget, there is some good news for children, specifically undocumented children. Jolt feels compelled to weigh in early today with a winner: The 2,600 kids who would have been kicked off the state’s children’s health care program.
Budget deal: Pay cuts for K-12, state workers | The Olympian | 05-24-2011
The Children’s Alliance just released this statement from Jon Gould: “In a major accomplishment for child advocates, the successful Apple Health for Kids health coverage program will stay open to all eligible children. It took a monumental effort to protect the health of our state’s children. In the end, families, advocates, and supportive legislators succeeded in blocking attempts to limit enrollment or deny coverage to children.
Legislators clinch budget agreement, cutting $4.5 million | Publicola | 05-24-2011
In social services, the agreement spares the Disability Lifeline medical program but completely eliminates Disability Lifeline’s cash stipend. Apple Health for Kids is also maintained, though premiums are raised for undocumented immigrant children who live in families making more than 200 percent of the poverty level.
Save funding for Apple Health for Kids | League of Education Voters (blog) | 05-13-2011
The program is now facing potential cuts. The Senate’s budget proposal would limit enrollment in the plan, denying at least 2,500 children access to health care—and undo reforms that fixed a once chaotic system, according to Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children’s Alliance.
Early childhood educators among the lowest paid. What can we do about it? | Birth to Thrive (Thrive by Five Washington blog) | 05-25-2011
In an economy that’s supposed to follow the rules of supply and demand, early learning is a glaring exception. There is plenty of demand from the growing ranks of two-career families…. But, this demand has not translated into higher wages. Instead, these educators often live closer to working poverty than a middle-class life.
The Answer Sheet: Missing the point on poverty and reform—again | The Washington Post | 05-20-2011
Authentic reform must include addressing the very real health and emotional and social issues that kids bring with them to school every day, often getting in the way of their ability to focus on geometry, read and analyze a novel or take a standardized test.…. Pretending poverty doesn’t matter doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.
Letter: Affordable care essential for kids | The Columbian | 05-16-2011
Apple Health for kids is our state’s affordable, comprehensive health coverage plan for our children. Thanks to it, 40 percent of kids in Clark County get the care they need, when they need it. As a teacher, I see it as a needed protection for families who might not qualify for other medical coverage. The Senate proposal would be a direct hit to struggling families…Even in these hard times, we need to stick to our values. We have a successful, cost-efficient health coverage program that’s safeguarding our future. The Legislature needs to protect it.