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Dental Coverage for Pacific Islanders in Washington!
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Dear Friend,
 

Oral health is vital to overall health. Kids and families need dental coverage to access timely, routine care and prevent dental issues that can become chronic, painful conditions that interfere with work and school and long-term health.

For some Washingtonians, dental care is still out of reach. SB 5274 provides dental coverage for Washingtonians from three Pacific Island nations: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. Last year, Washingtonians from these communities led efforts to create the COFA Islander Health Care Program, but no dental coverage was included. 

In order to offer families a full scope of health care coverage and achieve parity with Medicaid, we are asking lawmakers to pass SB 5274 and add dental coverage to the COFA Islander Health Care Program! Join us!
 

The full state Senate will vote on this bill TODAY or in the next few days.  Please take action now.

Take action!
Washingtonians from COFA nations with Children’s Alliance staff at a strategy meeting at Asian Counseling and Referral Services, summer 2018
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Senate Bill 5274 will improve health equity and provide access to dental care for Washingtonians from three Pacific Island nations: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. These nations have Compacts of Free Association with the United States. The Compacts are based on historic and current strategic military interests in the region. Washingtonians from Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations work and pay taxes just like U.S. citizens and serve in every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Despite this unique and close relationship, since 1997 people living in the United States from COFA nations have not been eligible for medicaid, including dental coverage. When parents and caregivers can't get dental care, kids suffer too.

Tell your state lawmakers to support Senate Bill 5274 and stand up for Pacific Islander Washingtonians who are suffering without access to dental care! 
Take action!
Thank you for speaking up for kids.

Sincerely,

Jon

Jon Gould
Deputy Director

P.S.  We just learned that this bill will be voted on very soon. If the bill passes the Senate, it then needs to go through the House of Representatives. A strong vote in the Senate will help the bill!  Take action today.
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