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Update on SNAP and the Farm Bill

The Senate is currently debating the 2012 Farm Bill, which reauthorizes agriculture, conservation and nutrition assistance programs for another five years. This is important because it could impact the future of the SNAP program, which helps to feed over 80,000 Nebraskan children. Yesterday, the Senate voted on four nutrition amendments—Senator…...

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Is Charity the Answer to Poverty?

As the national debate on how to address the budget deficit continues, a recent report from the Salvation Army looked at the perceptions that Americans have about poverty in the United States.  One of the more hopeful findings of the report is that a significant number of Americans, 88 percent, believe that…...

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Why Data Matters

To paraphrase an oft quoted saying, “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”  To our mind, one of the most reliable ways of knowing where we’ve been is tracking changes in data over time.  The American Community Survey (ACS), provided by the Census Bureau, has…...

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Hungry in the Heartland

Milo Perkins, the administrator of the first food stamp program in the late 1930s, described the reason for its existence as such:  “We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other. We set out to find…...

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Happy 2nd Birthday ACA!

Today the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, turns 2 years old!  President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010. So far, the ACA has benefited tens of thousands of kids in Nebraska, and millions of kids across the country.  Children with conditions like asthma and diabetes no longer…...

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Health Care in 2014

On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law.  Children have already benefited from the new law.  They can no longer be denied health insurance due to preexisting conditions, young adults have the security of staying on their parents’ health insurance plan up to the age…...

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Medicaid: An essential safety net

  Medicaid provides an essential safety net for low-income children, the elderly and disabled.  The program is funded jointly by both federal and state government and covers over 200,000 Nebraskans. Many people walk a tight rope between health and illness.  Medicaid is an important safety net set to catch the…...

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Debunking claims about Medicaid

Most of what we hear about Medicaid in the media is negative.  Politicians and pundits claim it isn’t effective or spending is out of control.  When we look closer at the data, we find that many of these claims just don’t hold true. Satisfaction If Medicaid did commercials, I imagine…...

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A Healthy New Year for Nebraska Kids

After a holiday break, Voices for Children is back at work and anticipating the start of the state legislative session tomorrow.  Today also marks the start of our quarter focused on the issue of health. In my experience, having good health is kind of like having a functional automobile — it’s…...

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Funding Child Safety

  Child safety is about more than just physical safety. It’s about ensuring youth have the experiences and supports that support their healthy development. For children, this involves permanent, loving family connections. Unfortunately in Nebraska, many of the resources we have available to keep children safe, especially from the federal…...

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