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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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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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What Senator Sasse’s New Book Gets Wrong About Our Kids

I have to start by admitting that I haven’t read Senator Sasse’s new book, “The Vanishing American Adult”.  I’ve only read excerpts and reviews.  But from what I understand, his book suggests that what our young people need is better parenting.  While I don’t disagree that parents and families have…...

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We Need to Talk About Medicaid

Adequate access to health care ensures children are able to get the help they need when they get sick or injured, allowing them to learn and grow into healthy and productive adults. In Nebraska, Medicaid provides access to health care for nearly one in three children. The American Health Care…...

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New report: Nebraska ranks second-to-last in keeping schools hunger-free

Last week, the Food Research and Action Center released a status update on the adoption of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) across the country. Last year was the third school year that CEP was available to schools and districts with high concentrations of students from low-income families, and the report…...

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