Earlier this month, child care and early education advocates learned of Governor Parnell's veto of increased coverage for children and pregnant women under Denali Kid Care legislation. After a flurry of media activity, including a press conference held by a group of democratic senators, a poll of the 20 state senators failed to show support for a special session to be called to override the Governor's decision (reports the Anchorage Daily News 6/11/10).
thread has long been involved in promoting early care for Alaska families and supports the full 200 percent increase in eligibility for Denali Kid Care, allowing 1,300 kids and 200 pregnant women health care coverage.
"As a parent and working mother in the field of early education, I am very disappointed about Governor Parnell’s recent veto of increased coverage for Alaskan children through Denali Kid Care," wrote Stephanie Berglund, thread's CEO in a letter to the editor. "The bulk of the health coverage provided by Denali Kid Care includes doctor’s visits, health check-ups, hearing tests, dental check-ups, lab tests and speech and physical therapy."
For more information about early care and education issues, please visit thread's Parent Action Center.