Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Lost jobs = Lost health coverage

Ruth 06/08/09


toddler and docAn additional 15,000 children—all dependents on a parent’s health plan—have lost or will lose their health coverage this year when their parents lose their jobs.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler put the news out in a grim press release today that also says 95,000 adults lost their coverage due to a job loss, and another 40,000 people are scheduled to be cut from the state’s Basic Health plan. That doesn’t even include folks who lost insurance because their employer cut coverage or because the premiums got too high to afford.

As we’ve noted on this blog before, children don’t have to go uninsured.

 Apple Health for Kids is available to children in any family whose income drops below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, $4,577.50 a month for a family of three. (A chart of the poverty level for different sized families is here.) No waiting period. No averaging of income for prior months.

To get information and apply for children’s coverage through Apple Health for Kids, families can go to:

  • The statewide toll-free number, 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669), or applehealthforkids.wa.gov. The website features program information, an income calculator and eligibility table, a downloadable application, and links to local contacts for more information.
  • www.ParentHelp123.org, a website run by the nonprofit WithinReach. WithinReach can also help you find other resources for your family, call 1-866-585-1123.