In this week’s edition, you’ll read about the $7.5 million performance bonus Washington won from the feds — money that would help thousands of children keep their Apple Health for Kids coverage. You’ll also read about the growing number of state residents receiving food stamps. The Children’s Alliance played key roles in both stories: helping the state make its case for the Apple Health for Kids bonus and lobbying state lawmakers to raise the income limit for food stamps.
One day before Gov. Chris Gregoire released a devastating budget proposal, more than 60 parents, advocates, lawmakers and other policy makers gathered in Seattle to mark the progress of Washington state's two-year-old Cover All Kids law, a law that Children's Alliance helped pass and is still working to protect. At the day-long Children's Alliance sponsored “Children's Health Summit: Keeping the Commitment to Cover All Kids by 2010,” child advocates outlined what's at stake for children's health in the 2010 Legislative Session.
The number of people in Washington state receiving food stamps has soared by nearly 60 percent — about twice the national increase — over the past two years. In October, a record 12.8 percent of the state's population (about 855,000 people) were on food stamps, according to state officials. The Children's Alliance played a key role in getting the state to raise the income limit for "Basic Food," which has helped thousands more families put food on their tables during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
Today on a snowy day in DC, agreement was reached on the Senate health care bill making it likely that Senator Reid has enough votes to pass the bill before Christmas. The Senator also filed his Manager's Amendment to the bill. The Congressional Budget Office followed soon after with the bill's score.