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Health

2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Health

  Children’s health is the foundation for overall development and the steps toward becoming a happy, healthy adult. Consistent, preventive health care gives children the best chance to grow up to be productive adults. Conversely, poor health in childhood impacts other critical aspects of a child’s life, like school readiness…...

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Medicaid at 50

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the act that created the Medicaid program.  Today, Medicaid serves as a critical health safety net for low-income elderly people, people with disabilities, children, and some very low-income parents — all of whom face challenges in accessing insurance through…...

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Nebraska 10th in the US in Child Well-being

  It comes as no surprise that once again, Nebraska is ranked as the 10th best state in the nation in child well-being according to the National KIDS COUNT Data Book. This report is published each year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It looks at 16 indicators of child…...

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The National KIDS COUNT Data Book 2014 Refresher

  If you follow Voices for Children in Nebraska, you undoubtedly hear a lot about the Kids Count in Nebraska Report, but you may not know much about the national report.  Next week will mark the release of the 26th edition of the National KIDS COUNT Data Book. The National Data Book takes data…...

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Legislative Resolutions 2015

  While most of our work during the legislative session focuses on legislative bills, we also keep an eye on legislative resolutions with the potential to impact the lives of Nebraska children. Legislative resolutions are formal, written motions that can be adopted by the Legislature. Resolutions can create committees and…...

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Increasing Health Care Coverage for Nebraska Children

Health insurance coverage is particularly important for children and can ensure that they receive routine check-ups as well as preventive care and treatment. Nationally, 88.3% of children and youth who are eligible to receive coverage from CHIP or Medicaid are actually enrolled. Nebraska falls just under this average at 88.1%…...

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Legislative Update: Sine Die 2015

Last week, the 2015 Legislative Session officially came to a close.  With 18 new Senators, this year brought a lot of changes and we are pleased to say that it also resulted in progress for Nebraska kids and families.  This year, Voices for Children testified on 47 different bills and…...

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OPS Schools Recognized for Being Hunger-free

  We know that hunger can be a barrier to learning, and we have previously mentioned on the blog that schools that have a significant portion of low-income students now have the option of becoming hunger-free zones by serving free meals to all enrolled kids.  In the first year that…...

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WIC Works: Program Successes and Nebraska Data

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)  is a proven public benefit program providing nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and social services to low-income women and their infants and children. The program provides vouchers for nutritious foods to support a…...

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April is National Minority Health Month!

  The CDC and HHS have named April National Minority Health Month. During this month, much attention is put on “raising public awareness about health and healthcare disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and efforts to advance health equity.” Voices for Children began to address the issue…...

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