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Health

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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You’re invited! Kids Count in Nebraska Report Release 2011

  Join Voices for Children in Nebraska for the release of the Kids Count in Nebraska 2011 Report KIDS COUNT in Nebraska 2011 REPORT RELEASE When: Thursday January 12, 2012 12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch provided Where: State Capitol Room 1023 Lincoln, NE...

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Babies Born Healthy — An International Perspective

Recently, I came across an online article entitled, “New Ads Push Prenatal Care”.  I clicked on it to learn more, and found myself somewhat surprised to be reading  the article in the Phnom Phen Post, the English language newspaper in Cambodia. I went to Cambodia on a couple of occasions back in 2004…...

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Testimony for LR 85 – Interim study on Health Care Exchanges

  Access to health care, especially during the developmental years of early childhood, is critical for children and can have an impact on health outcomes well into adulthood.  We hope that the legislature will take steps to ensure that a new system of care adequately meets the needs of our…...

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