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How cuts to Medicaid impact a child’s health

  Having access to health care is critical for the healthy development of children.  However, in the last decade, we’ve seen a general trend in kids losing employer-sponsored health care, making Medicaid increasingly important for child health....

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Poverty Data: What we can do about it

  As you might be able to tell from yesterday’s post on the new poverty data, we at Voices for Children were appalled by the new numbers.  We put out a press release and a few people took notice, but in our biased (albeit highly researched) opinion, there should be…...

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With more kids in poverty, it’s time for action

Holy smokes. Remember last week when we promised a more in-depth look at poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau? Well, today, those data were released, and the look we promised isn’t going to be a very happy one. While the Omaha World-Herald led with a story touting Nebraska’s income growth, the takeaway here…...

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Almost One in Five Nebraska Children Living in Poverty

We are diving into the data working on some charts and graphs with the newly released American Community Survey Data for later today.  In the meantime, here is the press release we sent to the media this morning: 9/22/2011 CONTACT: Aubrey Mancuso, Economic Policy Coordinator Phone:  (402) 597-3100 Email:  amancuso@voicesforchildren.com…...

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To privatize, or not to privatize

  To privatize, or not to privatize – that isn’t the question. Hopefully Shakespeare will forgive us for misusing his famous soliloquy, but we couldn’t come up with a better way to summarize our reaction to recent coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile services reform…...

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Step Up for Kids

In these financially uncertain times, it is our job to Step Up and tell our policy makers to make sure that the needs of all Nebraska kids are being met. Join us for the 2011 Step Up for Kids Rally on Tuesday, October 11 at 3:00 pm on the North…...

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Voices Goes West, Days 2 and 3

What a whirlwind pair of days in Scottsbluff! First up Tuesday was the LR 37 hearing (for more on the hearing check out the story in the Scottsbluff Star Herald).  Incredible stories from all of the public testifiers.  A lot of people from the community came out to share their…...

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More children losing health insurance

It’s slightly nerdy to be saying this, but here in the Voices for Children research department, we’ve been looking forward to today’s release of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) for awhile now. Today isn’t just a great excuse to make some charts and graphs, though. It’s also…...

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Voices Goes West, Day 1

Voices for Children is heading out to Scottsbluff and back this week on a whirlwind tour of video shoots, legislator meetings and getting to know some of the people who work everyday to improve the lives of kids.  So far today, we’ve driven 276 miles, stopped in Kearney for a…...

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You say goodbye and I say hello

A big step toward making it easier to educate and motivate everyday Nebraskans to improve the lives of children is providing current, timely information about the policies and programs that serve kids.  We’re launching a new website to bring you the very best research, news and policy information each and…...

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