Children of low-income families can get help with basic dental care and prescription eyewear costs through the Healthy Kids Program. Planning and delivering a true ‘system’ of services in support of children’s health requires an organized approach. But we, as preschool teachers have to come up with ideas for every day activities based on these themes, being frugal at the same time. Many live paycheck to paycheck and make sacrifices to own their own home, make car payments, or pay for extracurricular activities for their kids.
Whole Kids Foundation will follow and support each of these projects for the next year with the goal of sharing learnings and tools with the thousands of schools we support. What Republicans are proposing, and how those proposals will impact how many people have insurance in this country, is the issue.
Essentially, smokers are being told that if they don’t want to quit the way the health commissioner thinks they should quit, then they shouldn’t even try. Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) began in 2011 as a three-year initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of at least 1 million children through community investments.
It is bad legislation because if enacted, it would have a devastating effect on the public’s health. If your children get services through another health plan, you must use that plan first. Over the next decade, the proposed budget would cut Medicaid more than $800 billion, or nearly a quarter of what the health care program is projected to spend on poor families.
And, if you want our Kids Health information delivered to your e-mail account, subscribe to our Growing Up Healthy blog. He previously spent two years working at the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC, where he conducted research on secondhand smoke and cigarette advertising.