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We're in the news: Yakima County rates poorly on uninsured children

The Yakima Herald-Republic ran a story today that used census numbers analyzed by Lori Pfingst at Washington Kids Count as a basis for examing the high uninsurance rate for kids in Yakima County, which stands at 26.6 percent according to data collected last year.

While more kids have gained coverage since then, our deputy director, Jon Gould, points out that the state needs to do more to reach rural and other hard-to-reach families. Here's an excerpt:

"Jon Gould, executive director of the Children's Alliance, a Seattle-based advocacy group, said Yakima County's numbers mean "we have more to do to reach children in isolated rural areas."

Gould said the state has focused its enrollment on "easy-to-find" kids in urban areas.

"This data is a clear call to action for state officials to expedite their enrollment strategies," Gould said.

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