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We're in the news: Improving children's health care must be a recession-proof task

The Daily News in Longview picked up on our press release about the latest children's uninsurance numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and wrote an editorial praising the state's commitment to covering kids. Here's an excerpt:

The Census Bureau data show that the number of uninsured children in this state held steady, at about 107,000, between 2007 and 2008, according to Children’s Alliance. The state advocacy group reported that 93.2 percent of children in the state had health coverage in 2008. Credit both Congress and Washington lawmakers for holding the line with regard to providing care for children....

Gov. Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders have committed themselves to covering all eligible children under the program, called Apple Health for Kids in Washington, by 2010. That may be easier said than done, given the depth of this recession and the prospect of still more job losses in the fall. But we agree with Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children’s Alliance. These leaders “deserve a great deal of credit” for making that commitment.

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