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Economic Stability

Increasing Health Care Coverage for Nebraska Children

Health insurance coverage is particularly important for children and can ensure that they receive routine check-ups as well as preventive care and treatment. Nationally, 88.3% of children and youth who are eligible to receive coverage from CHIP or Medicaid are actually enrolled. Nebraska falls just under this average at 88.1%…...

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New Report Examines Longitudinal Data on Participation in Public Programs

Public programs are intended to provide a temporary safety net for struggling families.  A report recently released by the United States Census Bureau takes a look at the characteristics and participation rates of individuals who utilize public programs including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income…...

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Legislative Update: Sine Die 2015

Last week, the 2015 Legislative Session officially came to a close.  With 18 new Senators, this year brought a lot of changes and we are pleased to say that it also resulted in progress for Nebraska kids and families.  This year, Voices for Children testified on 47 different bills and…...

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Tax Credits for Working Families Alleviate Poverty and Create Work Incentives

  Government programs designed to support struggling families are crucial to ensuring that the needs of all children are met. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) have been effective and powerful tools for reducing child poverty across the nation. These tax credits – both federal…...

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Voices for Children Statement on LB 599

  Following the legislature’s decision to reject LB 599, Voices for Children in Nebraska Executive Director Carolyn Rooker released the following statement. “Voices for Children thanks the members of the legislature who stood with Nebraska students and families to defeat the effort to lower the youth minimum wage. This afternoon’s…...

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WIC Works: Program Successes and Nebraska Data

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)  is a proven public benefit program providing nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and social services to low-income women and their infants and children. The program provides vouchers for nutritious foods to support a…...

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Aid to Dependent Children Offers Critical Assistance to Families in Need

  Last week, Governor Ricketts used his administration’s first veto on LB 89, a bill to increase payment rates in the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program and ease a family’s transition off of the program. In order to better understand how this legislation would have helped children, it’s beneficial…...

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Voices for Children’s Statement on Gubernatorial Veto of LB 89

  Omaha – Following Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of LB 89, Voices for Children’s Executive Director Carolyn Rooker released the following statement....

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April is National Minority Health Month!

  The CDC and HHS have named April National Minority Health Month. During this month, much attention is put on “raising public awareness about health and healthcare disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and efforts to advance health equity.” Voices for Children began to address the issue…...

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Is Your Senator Listening to the Voters on Minimum Wage?

Click here to contact your senator and ask him or her to oppose LB 599. Last week, the legislature advanced LB 599, which reduces the minimum wage for high school students in Nebraska. There are many policy reasons why this is a bad idea; it hurts working families, it makes…...

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