Friday, March 6, 2009

House Democrats approve "Apple Health for Kids"

The House Democrats and a handful of House Republican freshman legislators voted this evening to expand access to health care for kids in a new program called “Apple Health for Kids.”

The legislation, HB 2128, defines the next steps that will help achieve the law’s two primary goals – all kids in the state having health coverage by 2010, and improving the overall health of the children of our state - by focusing on the health outcomes of children and simplifying the administrative procedures health care providers and facilities must follow.

“Nearly 96 percent of children in the state currently have health care coverage, while that sounds like a great number, that leaves about 75,000 kids uninsured,” said Rep. Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor), the bill’s sponsor. “Many of these kids are eligible; their parents just don’t know it. This bill gets rid of the guesswork.”