Local, state health programs for children scramble with CHIP in limbo

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Healthcare enrollment assistant Sharissa Tjok (left) and ICHS employee, and CHIP beneficiary, Qi Qun Ma Wong (right) stand in front of the ICHS Holly Park Clinic in South Seattle. (Photo by Sarah Corn)

via the Seattle Globalist

The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is on borrowed time.

If Congress doesn’t reauthorize the program before the end of the year, federal health funding for 58,000 low-income Washington State children and pregnant women will dry up by February 2018. Continue reading

Jayapal and Smith push bill to end immigration’s private prisons

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A protestor climbed a light pole outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in 2015 and hung and unfurled a sign reading “You are not alone” in Spanish to the detainees inside. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

via the Seattle Globalist

Seattle-area legal assistant and DREAMer Graciela Nuñez puts her fear of being detained in the U.S. immigration system in stark terms.

“I am more scared to be put in the Tacoma detention center than I am of being deported,” Nuñez said. Continue reading