This week in Learn, Love, Lead!, we offer 5 numbers every advocate for kids needs to know as we fight to protect kids' health. Please share this message with everyone you know who cares about kids.
10 The number of years since the passage of the historic Cover All Kids law.
The result of more than a decade of advocacy, the Cover All Kids law established Apple Health for Kids and opened access to health coverage for ALL Washington's children. Apple Health for Kids is built on a foundation of federal funding including Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). That's why the proposal to slash Medicaid and rollback the Affordable Care Act is such a terrible threat to Washington's children.
98% Today's historically high rate of Washington's children with health coverage.
This historic level of coverage is thanks to 10 years of Apple Health for Kids and Medicaid expansion. In 2013 to 2015, after the federal government expanded Medicaid with the Affordable Care Act, the rate of uninsured kids in our state dropped by more than half.
53% The portion of children in Washington's rural communities who count on Medicaid.
Children in rural communities are more likely than kids in urban areas of Washington to count on Medicaid and CHIP. Cuts will hit rural families and communities hard.
$708 million The Medicaid funding that will be taken from Washington's kids by 2026 if the proposal to slash Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act becomes law.
That massive cut puts all Washington children who count on Apple Health for Kids at risk.
1 The number of personal stories it can take to change the world.
We hear repeatedly from federal lawmakers that your stories are powerful, and that public advocacy on this issue is affecting lawmakers' decisions. If your child has health coverage thanks to Apple Health for Kids, please tell us what your child's health care means to you.
Thank you for all you do for kids.
Jon and the Children’s Alliance Team
P.S. If you or someone you care about has health coverage today thanks to Apple Health for Kids or Medicaid, please tell us what it means to you.