Washington state is at a critical moment for children’s health. For five years, state leaders and community partners have been working toward the vision of covering all children in Washington by 2010.
Apple Health for Kids: A Prescription for Economic Stability is a new report from the Children’s Alliance that examines where our state stands after five years of progress, highlighting our achievements in children’s health coverage and access, and outlining what remains to be done in order to fulfill the promise of covering all kids.
Key findings are:
- Apple Health for Kids is helping families in tough times: Apple Health for Kids has provided health coverage for nearly every child who lost health insurance during the recession, allowing children whose parents lost jobs or benefits to get affordable coverage and needed care.
- Preserving Apple Health for Kids is critical now: We must follow through on the commitment that has made our state a leader in children’s health. Washington’s coverage rate for children is one of the best in the nation, nearly 96% of kids have coverage, and our state has been recognized and rewarded for its performance at enrolling children.
- There’s more to be done to protect kids’ health: The report identifies critical actions that lawmakers can take in 2010 to preserve the progress that’s been made, and priorities that go beyond coverage to ensure that all children have access to care.
The new report provides statistics on children’s health insurance coverage and health disparities in Washington, and recommends that policymakers maintain full Apple Health for Kids coverage up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level and pass revenue-raising legislation that will serve as a stable funding source for programs on which families rely. New approaches and federal opportunities that can help strengthen Apple Health for Kid are also outlined.
Apple Health for Kids is doing what it’s supposed to do: It’s protecting children in difficult economic times from the loss of health coverage. Now is not the time to turn back years of progress; it is a time to hold true to our promise to children.
Read the full report from the Children's Alliance.
- Say Ahhh! blog post featuring the daughter of Children's Alliance member Vicky McIntyre highlighting the importance of protecting our state's investment in Apple Health for Kids.
- Q&A with Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, who applauds Apple Health for Kids as being the best children's health care program in the country. (Scroll 1/3 down the article.)