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Health

Support for LB 1020 – the Nebraska Coordinated School Health Act

January 31, 2012 To: Education Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 1020 , the Nebraska Coordinated School Health Act...

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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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Health care access eludes kids of color

Part of advocating for Nebraska’s children means figuring out which kids are most likely to be crying out, but are least likely to be heard. Data helps us do this. When we look at numbers in areas like health insurance coverage, we can see that those figures can look really…...

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Cut Medicaid ~AND~ Taxes?

As you may know from recent news coverage, one of the main proposals included in Governor Heineman’s “State of the State” address last week was a proposal to cut taxes for corporations and individuals.   That same day, the Governor also released his budget recommendation for the coming year. Among the…...

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LB 837

Quick links: LB 837 on Legislature’s website LB 837 as introduced   Summary: On Friday, the Health and Human Services Committee will hear testimony on LB 837, which proposes the creation of a task force to look at how Nebraska provides psychotropic drugs for wards of the state....

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Prematurity and Academic Achievement

Dr. Bryan Williams shared his research with us on the link between premature births and academic achievement in first grade as part of the release of the Kids Count in Nebraska Report. He generously shared his time (and his PowerPoint slides!) with us....

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Kids Count in Nebraska 2011 Report

The 19th annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report continues to provide pertinent information on the well-being of all children in areas of health, education, safety and economic stability and features a commentary on the importance of investing in early childhood. Children do not choose the family, the geographic location, or…...

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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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In an ideal world…

Anyone who knows the founder of Voices for Children, Kathy Bigsby Moore, is probably familiar with her common catch phrases. The phrase “in an ideal world” is usually followed by a statement about how things would be for Nebraska kids if we were able to fix it with some sort of…...

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