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Kids Count National Data Book – Family and Community

Last month the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, providing an annual snapshot of how America’s children and families are faring in every state and across the nation. In it, Nebraska received an 11th place ranking in overall child well-being. Over the past few weeks we have been…...

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Kids Count National Data Book: Health

Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, providing an annual snapshot of how America’s children and families are faring in every state and across the nation. In it, Nebraska received an 11th place ranking in overall child well-being. Over the past few weeks, we have been…...

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TOO MUCH TO LOSE: Call Today to Protect Healthcare for Our Kids

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, suffers a traumatic brain injury, or is struggling with behavioral issues due to abuse, health insurance ensures that these kids have access to the care they need to recover and heal. In Nebraska, Medicaid provides health care for nearly one-third of all children.…...

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Five things you probably didn’t know about Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, has been targeted with unprecedented cuts in the 2018 federal budget proposed by President Trump. The cuts would shift 25% of SNAP benefit costs to the states, amounting to an estimated $419 million in Nebraska over 10 years. As…...

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On the backs of children: AHCA and Nebraska’s children in foster care

In the last few weeks, Voices for Children has delved extensively into the future of Medicaid under the AHCA, including a case study of the cap enacted in Puerto Rico, the financial strain that schools will face, and the impact on small towns and rural communities. This blog post will…...

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Nebraska 11th Best State in the Country to be a Kid

Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual snapshot of how America’s children and families are faring in every state and across the nation. The indicators tracked by KIDS COUNT reflect a range of milestone and supportive conditions that young people need to succeed…...

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Medicaid in Rural Nebraska

Today, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program at the University of North Carolina are releasing a report documenting the impact of Medicaid on small towns and rural communities. The impact is particularly powerful in Nebraska, where 34 percent of the population…...

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The AHCA and Medicaid: A Harmful Prescription for Nebraska Students

Children need health care in critical developmental years. Medicaid provides this health care for one-third of Nebraska children. Together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have helped improve health outcomes, reduce child mortality, achieve positive academic gains in the classroom and more. These programs have also helped us…...

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Pro-Kid Progress in the 105th Nebraska Legislature

Last week, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die, four days ahead of schedule. In total, 667 bills were introduced and considered by legislators over the course of the session. Each year, Voices for Children sets legislative priorities that are driven by data and research to move the needle for all…...

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Puerto Rico-A Cautionary Tale for Medicaid Block Grants

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, suffers a traumatic brain injury, or is struggling with anxiety and depression as a result of trauma and abuse, health insurance ensures that these kids have access to the care they need to recover and heal. In Nebraska, Medicaid provides health care for…...

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