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Senator Murray Announces Funding for Children's Health Care

Sep 05 2001

Over $980,000 will support basic health care services for King County youth

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the release of $989,170 in federal funds to support basic health care services for children in King County.

The grant, awarded under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Community Access Program (CAP), will fund King County's Kids Get Care project. Kids Get Care will provide basic physical, oral and developmental health services to over 70,000 children living in King County, regardless of insurance status.

"Every child, no matter their financial situation, should have access to basic health care," said Senator Murray. "The Kids Get Care project is a great opportunity to ensure that more of our children receive the services they need to stay healthy and safe during some of the most important years of their development. I am pleased to announce this CAP grant to provide health and developmental services for children throughout King County."

Senator Murray worked hard to fund CAP grants during last year's budget negotiations. CAP allows communities to develop innovative projects tailored to meet their specific health care needs. Currently, there is no other federal program for communities like King County wishing to integrate services that are already available for the uninsured.

Unfortunately, President Bush's budget calls for the elimination of the CAP program as part of its effort to pay for a $1.7 trillion 10 year tax cut.

In March, the following Washington State organizations received CAP grants:

  • CHOICE Regional Network, serving Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason, Pacific, and Lewis Counties
  • Community Choice PHCO Network, serving Chelan, Okanogan and Douglas Counties,
  • The Health Improvement Partnership, serving Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln and Spokane Counties