Healthy Kids Now! Celebration Aims to Ensure Health Care Access For All Washington Kids

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Department of Health and Social Services

    OLYMPIA, Wash., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to ensure all
 children have access to health care, celebrations to enroll eligible children
 in free and low-cost health insurance will be held in communities statewide
 during Healthy Kids Now! week which runs from April 23 to May 4.
     There are an estimated 100,000 children in the state of Washington who do
 not have health insurance.  Without insurance children often lack access to
 health care services, putting them at a significant disadvantage.  For
 example, some will struggle in school because of a medical condition that was
 never diagnosed or treated.
     Healthy Kids Now! is a statewide public awareness campaign to help
 children under 19 in Washington get connected with children's health care
 programs. Enrollment drives will be held in communities across the state and
 local outreach projects will be available to share information and answer
 questions about free or low-cost health insurance.
     "This is an exciting opportunity for all Washington families," says
 Children's Alliance Health Policy Advisor Sarah Erickson.  "It's a great way
 for parents to get early and preventive health care for their children."
     The Department of Health and Social Services' Medical Assistance
 Administration administers children's medical benefits and leads the Healthy
 Kids Now! campaign, which was launched by Governor Gary Locke in February of
 2000.
     "People are often surprised to find they qualify for state-sponsored
 health insurance," says Medical Assistance Administration Healthy Kids Now!
 Manager, Selia Evans.  "For example, children under 19 living in a household
 of three with an annual income of up to $36,500 can qualify for low-cost
 health insurance."
     Children's medical benefits include check-ups, immunizations, prescription
 drugs, hospital care, dental and vision coverage and more.
 "This insurance is just like premium insurance," says Michael Crandell, a
 Washington resident whose uninsured son had vision problems that needed
 attention.  "We have total access. It covers everything -- vision, glasses,
 dental care.  Anyone who does not have coverage should consider this option."
 Families interested in learning more about free or low-cost health insurance
 may call the Healthy Kids Now! toll-free hotline at 877-KIDS-NOW
 (877-543-7669).
 
                  Healthy Kids Now! Week Statewide Celebration
                               April 23 to May 4
 
     Events will be held in these local communities:
     City/County         Date/Time       Location               Contact
     Spokane Tribe       April 19        Tribal High School     Charlene Sijohn
      Wellpinit, WA      10 a.m.         6207 Ford              509-258-7502
     Spokane County      to 2 p.m.       Wellpinit Rd.
                                         Wellpinit, WA
 
 
     Vancouver, WA       April 23        YMCA                   Maureen Taylor
     Clark County        10 a.m. to      11324 NE 5st Circle    360-397-8215
                         5 p.m.          Vancouver, WA          ext. 3108
 
 
     Cook, WA            April 25        Mill A Elementary      Maureen Taylor
     Skamania County     12 p.m. to      School                 360-397-8215
                         5 p.m.          1142 Jessup road       ext. 3108
                                         Cook, WA
 
 
     Spokane, WA         April 28        Shadle Wal-Mart        Deanna Davis
     Spokane County      12 p.m. to      2301 W. Wellesly       509-444-3088
                         5 p.m.          Spokane, WA            ext. 216
 
                                         Valley Wal-Mart
                                         15727 E. Broadway
                                         Spokane, WA
 
     Shelton, WA         April 28        McDonalds Restaurant   Annette Brown
     Thurston Lewis,     10 a.m. to      2507 Olympic           800-981-2123
      Mason, Pacific,    2 p.m.          HWY North
     Grays Harbor                        Shelton, WA
     Counties
 
 
     Tacoma, WA          April 24        Tacoma Community       Ed Manglona
     Pierce County       9 a.m.          College                253-471-4968
                         to 1:30 p.m.    Annual Health Fair
                                         Opgaard Student Center
                                         6501 S. 19th
                                         Tacoma, WA
 
 

SOURCE Department of Health and Social Services
    OLYMPIA, Wash., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to ensure all
 children have access to health care, celebrations to enroll eligible children
 in free and low-cost health insurance will be held in communities statewide
 during Healthy Kids Now! week which runs from April 23 to May 4.
     There are an estimated 100,000 children in the state of Washington who do
 not have health insurance.  Without insurance children often lack access to
 health care services, putting them at a significant disadvantage.  For
 example, some will struggle in school because of a medical condition that was
 never diagnosed or treated.
     Healthy Kids Now! is a statewide public awareness campaign to help
 children under 19 in Washington get connected with children's health care
 programs. Enrollment drives will be held in communities across the state and
 local outreach projects will be available to share information and answer
 questions about free or low-cost health insurance.
     "This is an exciting opportunity for all Washington families," says
 Children's Alliance Health Policy Advisor Sarah Erickson.  "It's a great way
 for parents to get early and preventive health care for their children."
     The Department of Health and Social Services' Medical Assistance
 Administration administers children's medical benefits and leads the Healthy
 Kids Now! campaign, which was launched by Governor Gary Locke in February of
 2000.
     "People are often surprised to find they qualify for state-sponsored
 health insurance," says Medical Assistance Administration Healthy Kids Now!
 Manager, Selia Evans.  "For example, children under 19 living in a household
 of three with an annual income of up to $36,500 can qualify for low-cost
 health insurance."
     Children's medical benefits include check-ups, immunizations, prescription
 drugs, hospital care, dental and vision coverage and more.
 "This insurance is just like premium insurance," says Michael Crandell, a
 Washington resident whose uninsured son had vision problems that needed
 attention.  "We have total access. It covers everything -- vision, glasses,
 dental care.  Anyone who does not have coverage should consider this option."
 Families interested in learning more about free or low-cost health insurance
 may call the Healthy Kids Now! toll-free hotline at 877-KIDS-NOW
 (877-543-7669).
 
                  Healthy Kids Now! Week Statewide Celebration
                               April 23 to May 4
 
     Events will be held in these local communities:
     City/County         Date/Time       Location               Contact
     Spokane Tribe       April 19        Tribal High School     Charlene Sijohn
      Wellpinit, WA      10 a.m.         6207 Ford              509-258-7502
     Spokane County      to 2 p.m.       Wellpinit Rd.
                                         Wellpinit, WA
 
 
     Vancouver, WA       April 23        YMCA                   Maureen Taylor
     Clark County        10 a.m. to      11324 NE 5st Circle    360-397-8215
                         5 p.m.          Vancouver, WA          ext. 3108
 
 
     Cook, WA            April 25        Mill A Elementary      Maureen Taylor
     Skamania County     12 p.m. to      School                 360-397-8215
                         5 p.m.          1142 Jessup road       ext. 3108
                                         Cook, WA
 
 
     Spokane, WA         April 28        Shadle Wal-Mart        Deanna Davis
     Spokane County      12 p.m. to      2301 W. Wellesly       509-444-3088
                         5 p.m.          Spokane, WA            ext. 216
 
                                         Valley Wal-Mart
                                         15727 E. Broadway
                                         Spokane, WA
 
     Shelton, WA         April 28        McDonalds Restaurant   Annette Brown
     Thurston Lewis,     10 a.m. to      2507 Olympic           800-981-2123
      Mason, Pacific,    2 p.m.          HWY North
     Grays Harbor                        Shelton, WA
     Counties
 
 
     Tacoma, WA          April 24        Tacoma Community       Ed Manglona
     Pierce County       9 a.m.          College                253-471-4968
                         to 1:30 p.m.    Annual Health Fair
                                         Opgaard Student Center
                                         6501 S. 19th
                                         Tacoma, WA
 
 SOURCE  Department of Health and Social Services