(Monday, Dec. 27, 2010) — Apple Health for Kids, Washington’s health coverage program for children, has won $17.6 million from the federal government − a timely windfall that could prevent thousands of children from losing their health coverage.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded the money, a performance bonus, to Washington and 14 other states with health coverage programs that are doing outstanding work to enroll eligible children.
The new money comes two weeks after Governor Chris Gregoire proposed eliminating Apple Health for Kids for an estimated 27,000 children. Gov. Gregoire’s proposal would jeopardize these children’s health and success in school and give rise to more costly long-term consequences for our communities and our state’s hospital system.