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Health

Closing the Coverage Gap for Nebraska’s Kids

Early numbers on uninsured rates following the close of the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) suggest that the bill has been successful in connecting uninsured Americans with health coverage. Although the ACA primarily affects adults, many uninsured children stand to gain coverage through their parents. As a…...

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A System of Care for Nebraska

Last week, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services held an initial stakeholder meeting on planning for a “System of Care” for Nebraska kids with behavioral health issues.  Several challenges over the past few years have brought to light the need to better serve Nebraska youth and families facing…...

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Disparities in health care remain for Nebraska’s children of color

  As most of you know, the government shutdown has come to an end.  That means that Voices for Children once again has access to our much needed data.  With the U.S. Census data back up, we’re getting back to business as usual and investigating children and health insurance in…...

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Children and the Shutdown

On Monday, when we planned the blog posts for the week, we decided that today’s blog post would focus on the new uninsured data from the American Community Survey. On Tuesday morning, I sat down to pull the data from the U.S. Census website and found that the data on…...

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SNAP and CHIP: When it comes to children, there’s no room for debate

While the data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week told us the story of how much still needs to be done for the 17.9% of Nebraskan children living in poverty, the U.S. House of Representatives took steps to unravel recent gains made towards advancing the well-being of children…...

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Breakfast Improves Children’s Overall Health

The importance of school breakfast on the success of children is more and more apparent each day. Research has shown that school breakfast has a direct impact on children’s ability to learn in school. Yet one aspect that must be looked at as well, is the impact on children’s health.…...

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Breakfast Matters: Breakfast and Learning

When we think about children’s educational successes, there are a lot of factors that immediately come to mind.  Things like teacher quality and a child’s own intellectual abilities are obvious ones.  So it may come as a surprise to some that breakfast is another essential component to education. Facilitating and…...

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LB 220: Change children’s eligibility to the Medical Assistance Act

As introduced: LB 220 seeks to simply and streamline the administration of the children’s medical assistance program by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for and utilize options allowed under Title XIX (Medicaid) and Title XXI (State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP) to simplify enrollment…...

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LB 270: Provide community-based services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbance

As introduced: LB 270 requires that no later than September 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services submit a state plan amendment or waiver under the federal Social Security Act to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The amendment or waiver is to provide coverage under…...

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LB 275: Adopt the Nebraska Coordinated School Health Act

As introduced: LB 275, the Nebraska Coordinated School Health Act, creates a grant program, to be administered by the Nebraska Department of Education, that will provide 50% matching funds to assist with capital construction and startup costs for the establishment of a school-based health center. The grant program ends on…...

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