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Medicaid Public Hearing on Behavioral Health

Last Thursday, Medicaid held a public hearing about the new rules and regulations for children’s behavioral health in Nebraska. Right now, these rules and regs are still only in draft form, but they will soon be finalized. This hearing was for anyone to share their thoughts on the draft rules…...

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Prenatal Care still important for Nebraska’s babies

Hello! My name is Jena and I wanted to take the time to introduce myself as an intern with Voices for Children in Nebraska. I have been given the opportunity and privilege to work closely with this organization and learn about the foundations, purpose, and objectives. I, myself, am currently…...

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47,000 Reasons to Move Forward on Health Care

  Earlier this week, Governor Heineman expressed his plans to wait to move forward on setting up a Health Care Exchange in Nebraska.  Health Care Exchanges are one of the key features of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010.  The exchange will be a new…...

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How cuts to Medicaid impact a child’s health

  Having access to health care is critical for the healthy development of children.  However, in the last decade, we’ve seen a general trend in kids losing employer-sponsored health care, making Medicaid increasingly important for child health....

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More children losing health insurance

It’s slightly nerdy to be saying this, but here in the Voices for Children research department, we’ve been looking forward to today’s release of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) for awhile now. Today isn’t just a great excuse to make some charts and graphs, though. It’s also…...

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Principles for Health Care Exchanges

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) encourages states to establish new marketplaces, called “Exchanges,” that are meant to serve as a place where individuals and businesses can shop for coverage with the help of easy-to-understand information on all their options.  The Exchange will facilitate access to tax credits or Medicaid coverage that will…...

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Kids Count in Nebraska 2010 Report

Today, Voices for Children in Nebraska released the 18th annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report.  This report contains the same statistical information and commentary about the state of children in Nebraska you have come to expect in the Kids Count in Nebraska Report, plus a few special online-only features....

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Governor Heineman’s Budget Proposal Cuts Aid to Vulnerable Families

The Governor’s Budget Proposal released today highlights the difficult situation that our state is in. Nebraska faces a significant budget shortfall and will have to make tough choices in the coming weeks and months about how to balance the budget while still meeting the needs of our communities....

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Legislative Update

Welcome to a new year of Legislative Updates from Voices for Children in Nebraska! While Nebraska’s 102nd Legislature has only been in session for a week, over 300 bills and resolutions have already been introduced.  Many of these directly impact our state’s children and families. Throughout Legislative Session, we’ll be bringing…...

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