- In this edition, you’ll read about our support of a decline-to-sign campaign aimed at keeping Initiative 1107 off the November ballot; I-1107 would repeal much of the revenue lawmakers approved this year – money that prevented devastating cuts to many critical services for kids and families. You’ll also read about new guidelines that make Washington eligible for up to $1.3 million in home visiting funds that are available through federal health care reform.
- There’s a well-funded threat to the common-sense revenue
Washington lawmakers raised this year rather than relying solely on
budget cuts... Now a potential ballot measure jeopardizes about $300
million of the revenue that we and other advocates fought so hard to
raise. We’re urging people to decline to sign Initiative 1107.
- Read More:
- Advocates Urge "Decline To Sign" On
Tax Rollback I KPLU I 06-15-2010
- WA could win up to $1.3 million for
home visiting | No Kidding! - Children's Alliance Blog I 06-15-2010
- The federal government has finally released the guidelines
states need to apply for their slice of $1.5 billion in new grant
funding for home visiting programs, which connect new and expectant
parents with trained nursing and early learning professionals. The new
guidelines issued late last week by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services will allow Washington to apply for up to $1.3 million
- Editorial: D.C. needs to do right
thing and give Washington its anticipated funds I The Olympian I
- When lawmakers passed the supplemental budget for the 2009-11
budget period, Gregoire and lawmakers counted on $480 million Washington
state expected to receive from the federal government through the
Federal Medical Assistance Percentage program. Now, there is serious
question whether Congress will provide the $23 billion in additional
Medicaid funding. The Senate and House are expected to act by week’s
end, and it’s imperative that the additional funds be allocated.
- Getting it Right: State Policymakers
Identify 10 Steps to Successful Implementation of Federal Health Reform I
Say Ahhh! A Children's Health Policy Blog I 06-14-2010
- With the dust settling on the passage of health reform,
attention is shifting from the early provisions of the law such as
coverage for young adults under their parent's plan and
consumer-friendly insurance reforms including eliminating pre-existing
exclusions for children, lifetime caps and rescissions of policies. Many
states have launched formal or informal groups to begin the planning
and decision-making process. Simplifying and integrating eligibility
systems is one aspect of program administration that will lead to the
ultimate success of enrolling all eligible children and families.
- House child nutrition bill: closer to
what kids need | No Kidding! - Children's Alliance Blog I 06-11-2010
- Advocates have been on pins and needles waiting for a key U.S.
House committee to release its plan for reauthorizing the federal Child
Nutrition Act. It finally surfaced late last week, and though there’s no
official word on a cost estimate, it’s expected to invest $8 billion
over 10 years – almost twice as much as the $4.5 billion a Senate
committee proposed in March.
- Can Obama and Congress Repair Their
Broken Promises on Early Ed? | Early Ed Watch I 06-10-2010
- Kids’ advocates stood on the sidelines last March, watching
helplessly as the Early Learning Challenge Fund, a $1 billion-a-year
initiative to strengthen the quality of early education and child care,
was stricken from the health care reform bill. The fact that early
education wasn’t important enough to merit an up-or-down vote, instead
becoming ensnared in the debates over health care and the restructuring
of the college loan program, says a lot about what has happened—more
precisely, what hasn’t happened—on the early education front.