Advocates Thank Governor Locke for Delaying Implementation of Children's Health Premiums

Seattle – The Children's Alliance today thanked Gov. Gary Locke for recognizing the importance of children's health by postponing implementation of monthly premiums for children's Medicaid until July, 2005.


Seattle – The Children's Alliance today thanked Gov. Gary Locke for recognizing the importance of children's health by postponing implementation of monthly premiums for children's Medicaid until July, 2005.

"We applaud the Governor for his far-sighted decision to delay for one year imposing premiums on low-income working families for their children's health care," said Paola Maranan, Executive Director of the Children's Alliance. "Over the past year, the number of uninsured children in Washington State has skyrocketed to levels not seen in more than a decade. Uninsured children don't just disappear, and the health consequences of losing insurance are serious. The Governor's decision is an important step in turning the tide for children's health in this state."

Over 27,500 children have already lost health coverage due to other changes made to the Children's Medicaid Program since April 2003, according to the state's Caseload Forecast Council. The state budget assumed another 4,000 children would lose insurance due to premiums.

Treuman Katz, President and CEO of Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, also applauded the Governor's decision:

"The Governor has been a leader on children's health for many years, and this decision protects the health of thousands of Washington children," Katz said. "We thank the Governor for ensuring children the early and preventive care that keeps them healthy."

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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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