Sarah McIntyre, daughter of Children's Alliance member Vicky McIntyre, is highlighted in the following Say Ahhh! blog post highlighting the importance of protecting our state's investment in Apple Health for Kids.
"Sarah is a 3rd Grade girl from Yakima, Washington who was born with a hole in her heart and cysts on her lungs. Her life depended on consistent, quality health care that she received through Apple Health for Kids, Washington State's Medicaid and CHIP program. She lost her health coverage when her parents received modest raises that put their income slightly above the eligibility cap. The McIntyre family went through a difficult period in which Sarah was uninsured. Fortunately, Washington state expanded coverage to families earning up to 300% of FPL with the help of increased federal funding included in CHIPRA and Sarah was able to enroll in Apple Health for Kids once again.
There are many more Sarah McIntyre's out there. According to another report in last month's Pediatrics, approximately 1 of every 7 children in the United States has special health care needs. Children with special health care needs are those who are at increased risk for a "chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally". They are at greater risk for unmet health care needs and, on average, expenditures for their care are about 3 times higher than for other children."
Say Ahhh! is a publication of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.