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June 14, 2017 / WRAG

Almost all of the DC region’s children have health insurance

– The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its 2017 Kids Count Data Book showing trends in the well-being of children living in the US. The report found that about 95% of children nationwide have health insurance. The rate of insured children in our area includes 98% in the District, 96% in Maryland and 95% in Virginia. (WaPo, 6/13)

“We have seen firsthand that success is possible when local and federal policymakers prioritize child well-being,” said Shana Bartley, acting executive director of DC Action for Children. “But much of these gains could be lost,” she said.

Bartley and other advocates for children are calling on the Trump administration and Congress to preserve health-care funding, as well as funding for other programs that create a safety net for children.

– How the proposed American Health Care Act could impact the District. (DCFPI, 6/9)

FOOD INSECURITYWhy Can’t America Solve the Hunger Problem? (Citylab, 6/13)

DEVELOPMENT | A local historian questions if DC’s current Comprehensive Plan is a throwback to the city’s redlining past. (GGWash, 6/13)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Why the District’s “Justice Matters” film festival is important and how art can inspire social movements. (PND Blog, 6/12)

VETERANS | Congress has passed a law to create more employee accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs. (WTOP, 6/13)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Charlottesville, VA residents discuss possible responses to a planned KKK rally next month. (Richmond Times, 6/13)

NONPROFITS | Northern Virginia Health Foundation has issued a request for a Letter of Intent (LOI)  from organizations that are interested in collaborating across sectors to improve public health in Northern Virginia. The Foundation will review these LOIs, and if accepted, will request a full proposal.  The deadline is close of business Monday, July 17.  Please refer to the Northern Virginia Health Foundation website for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Rodgers (703-486-5693).  Technical questions should be referred to Sonia Law.

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