Letters to the Editor

State's return on kids is good

The state Senate-proposed budget, which eliminates health coverage for 46,000 children and leaves thousands of newborns vulnerable due to cuts in prenatal care, is hailed by some senators to be good for the economy. These fiscally minded senators may be interested to know that children’s healthcare is an inexpensive investment with excellent return.

First, children are cheap to cover. While children represent 64 percent of the Medicaid caseload, they account for just 24 percent of the costs. Second, regular checkups are always cheaper than emergency room visits. Furthermore, making these cuts would render Washington ineligible for federal matching dollars.

For those senators who are more socially minded, these cuts would make Washington the only state in the nation without a children’s health insurance plan. Let’s urge our senators to make fiscally and socially responsible choices as they represent our interests and the interests of our children in Olympia.

Courtnei Milonas

Seattle

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