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2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Health

  Children’s health is the foundation for overall development and the steps toward becoming a happy, healthy adult. Consistent, preventive health care gives children the best chance to grow up to be productive adults. Conversely, poor health in childhood impacts other critical aspects of a child’s life, like school readiness…...

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2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Education

  Last month the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book highlighting state trends in child well-being and providing state rankings. Typically, Nebraska fares quite well in the report, with rankings near the top every year. This year our state ranked number 10, meaning that children…...

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Medicaid at 50

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the act that created the Medicaid program.  Today, Medicaid serves as a critical health safety net for low-income elderly people, people with disabilities, children, and some very low-income parents — all of whom face challenges in accessing insurance through…...

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2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Economic Well-being

Last week the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2015 Kids Count Data Book highlighting state trends in child well-being and providing state rankings. Typically, Nebraska fares quite well in the report, with rankings near the top every year. This year our state ranked number 10, meaning that children in Nebraska have higher…...

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Nebraska 10th in the US in Child Well-being

  It comes as no surprise that once again, Nebraska is ranked as the 10th best state in the nation in child well-being according to the National KIDS COUNT Data Book. This report is published each year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It looks at 16 indicators of child…...

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The National KIDS COUNT Data Book 2014 Refresher

  If you follow Voices for Children in Nebraska, you undoubtedly hear a lot about the Kids Count in Nebraska Report, but you may not know much about the national report.  Next week will mark the release of the 26th edition of the National KIDS COUNT Data Book. The National Data Book takes data…...

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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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Every Kid Needs a Family Report

On any given night, about 57,000 children in our nation’s child welfare systems are going to bed without the care and comfort of a family. In its latest KIDS COUNT policy report, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, the Annie…...

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Reauthorizing CHIP is Vitally Important for Children’s Futures

  Since its inception in 1997 and reform in 2009, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has made monumental gains in reaching children living in poverty across the nation and ensuring that they grow up to be healthy and successful adults. According to our Family Bottom Line Report, eligibility levels…...

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2015 Priority Legislation

Last Thursday was the final day for individual senators to choose their priority legislation designation for the 2015 session. Each senator may select one bill as his priority, each legislative committee may select two bills, and the Speaker can select up to 25 bills. For an entire list of 2015…...

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