Restore prenatal care press conference

Yesterday, health, faith and education groups from across the state gathered in the Capitol Rotunda today to urge the State Legislature to make healthy babies a priority this session.  In 2010, almost 1,600 low-income women lost access to prenatal care coverage under Medicaid.  The groups urged the Legislature to pass LB 599 — a bill to restore this coverage — this year.

 

Here’s a round up of some of the coverage from the event:

Omaha World-Herald: State funds urged for prenatal care

KVNO/NET Radio included mention of the press conference as part of a longer story on legislative debate on women’s healthcare: Capitol: Lawmakers spar over women’s healthcare

The AP story was picked up by several news outlets.  Here, the North Platte Telegraph included it in a report of other legislative activities:  Senator: Raises are long overdue

KLKN-Channel 8 Lincoln: Advocates Push for Prenatal Care Bill

KLIN Radio Lincoln: Groups want prenatal funding restored 

 

Thank you to all of the groups that have signed on to support prenatal care and urge a vote on LB 599:

  • Alegent Health
  • Building Bright Futures
  • Center for People in Need
  • Center for Rural Affairs
  • Health Center Association of Nebraska
  • Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska
  • League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha
  • League of Women Voters of Nebraska
  • March of Dimes
  • Nebraska Appleseed
  • National Association of Social Workers – Nebraska Chapter
  • Nebraska Catholic Conference
  • Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Nebraska Child Healthcare Alliance
  • Nebraska Head Start Association
  • Nebraska Hospital Association
  • Nebraska Medical Association
  • Nebraska Right to Life
  • Omaha Together One Community
  • One World Community Health Center
  • Risk-Taking Mission & Justice Ministries of the Nebraska Conference –United Methodist Church
  • Voices for Children in Nebraska

With all of these voices advocating for healthy babies, we hope that the Health and Human Services Committee advances the bill to the floor of the legislature.  Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.

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Jill is Communications and Operations Coordinator at Voices for Children in Nebraska.

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