Since 2008, the number of children growing up without health coverage has improved by 38 percent. That’s good news, as coverage is all but essential for kids to see a health professional or get medicine when they’re sick. Credit is due to the state’s Cover All Kids law, which passed in 2007 and created affordable health coverage called Apple Health for Kids. The Affordable Care Act’s 2014 creation of a flexible market for individual plans has also propelled child coverage in Washington to one of the nation’s highest.
The Children’s Alliance and our partners in the Health Coalition for Children and Youth are working every step of the way to make sure the Cover All Kids law fulfills its promise. We’ll continue to pursue policies that will create equal access to care for all children in Washington State.
Your newborn may be eligible for TennCare or CoverKids once they are born, and it is especially important to remember to attempt to enroll your baby as soon as possible after their birth. Most children are automatically eligible, and a phone call to CoverKids or TennCare will begin the child’s benefits from their date of birth. After CoverKids runs out for pregnant woman, it is necessary to find another source of coverage.