Oral health is vital to overall health. Kids and families need timely, preventive dental care to ensure that common experiences with cavities don’t become serious, chronic, painful conditions that interfere with work and school.
Last year, Washingtonians from the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau led efforts to secure the passage of Senate Bill 5683, creating the COFA Islander Health Care Program, but no dental coverage was included. That's why Children's Alliance joined with COFA communities this session to add dental coverage. Our advocacy is working! The State Senate unanimously passed SB 5274 three weeks ago to add dental coverage to the COFA Islander Health Care Program.
Now it's time to tell members of the House of Representatives: Washingtonians from COFA Nations need dental coverage.
In order to offer a full scope of health care coverage and achieve parity with Medicaid, we are asking our elected officials in the State House of Representatives: vote yes on SB 5274 to include dental coverage in the COFA Islander Health Care Program! Join us!
This bill had a great public hearing yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee. The next hurdles for the bill to clear are a vote in committee then a vote in the full House of Representatives. Please take action now.