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Health

Race Matters in Children’s Health

  Troubling disparities for children of color’s health begin even before they are born and continue throughout the life cycle. This is a fact that was always in mind during the Race Matters conference held two weeks ago. Starting from before birth and during the first year, the data tells us that…...

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Impact of State Tax Changes on Children and Families

Collective investments in things like roads, schools, and parks are critical components of a thriving community.   These things wouldn’t be possible without revenue to make these investments and that revenue comes from taxes.  Many have seen or heard about the recent income tax cuts that Kansas has made, resulting…...

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5 scary facts about Nebraska’s kids and families

In honor of Halloween, we are counting down a few of the scariest facts we could think of related to Nebraska’s kids and families. 5) 69% of children in Nebraska who are uninsured are low-income and should qualify for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but are not enrolled. 4) 1 year…...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Would Make a Huge Difference for Nebraskans

As far as paid leave policy goes, the United States is ranked essentially dead last, a fact that both astounds and outrages citizens across the nation. U.S. workers must choose between family and work when faced with circumstances such as an illness in the family, aging parents, or a newborn…...

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Telling the whole story of abuse and neglect in Nebraska

In the world of child welfare, it’s an unfortunate truth that media attention is often centered on individual cases of abuse and neglect, instead of focusing on the bigger picture of what’s happening with kids and families in Nebraska’s child welfare system. This weekend, however, the story in Nebraska was…...

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CHIP Helps Reduce Disparities in Access to Health Care

Access to quality affordable health care helps children prepare to be healthy and successful adults.  As a consequence of economic instability, children of color are less likely to have the health insurance coverage that they need.  New data released for 2013  showed that 7.6% of kids nationwide do not have health insurance.…...

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Children’s Health Insurance Program Critical for Rural Kids

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to provide health insurance coverage to U.S. children in families with an income too high to be eligible for Medicaid and inadequate to afford private health insurance. In Nebraska, children in families with incomes of up to 200% of the…...

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2014 National Kids Count Series: Health

Last month the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book highlighting state trends in child well-being and celebrating their 25th edition of the book by going back to 1990 and looking at changes in America’s children since then. Voices for Children in Nebraska is featuring a series on the data book…...

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Will Nebraska Move Forward on Hunger-Free Schools?

Earlier this year, we mentioned Community Eligibility as a new option for providing school meals in a way that makes high-poverty schools hunger-free zones.  Ensuring that children aren’t hungry in school can help them be better prepared for their primary job of learning.  Community Eligibility allows eligible schools to serve…...

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A New Tool to Address Child Hunger

Children do best in school when they arrive for the day ready to learn and one of the most important things a kid can do in the morning to prepare for school is to start the day off with breakfast.   It used to be that most kids had a…...

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