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TOO MUCH TO LOSE: Call Today to Protect Healthcare for Our Kids

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, suffers a traumatic brain injury, or is struggling with behavioral issues due to abuse, health insurance ensures that these kids have access to the care they need to recover and heal. In Nebraska, Medicaid provides health care for nearly one-third of all children.…...

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Five things you probably didn’t know about Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, has been targeted with unprecedented cuts in the 2018 federal budget proposed by President Trump. The cuts would shift 25% of SNAP benefit costs to the states, amounting to an estimated $419 million in Nebraska over 10 years. As…...

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Medicaid in Rural Nebraska

Today, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program at the University of North Carolina are releasing a report documenting the impact of Medicaid on small towns and rural communities. The impact is particularly powerful in Nebraska, where 34 percent of the population…...

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The AHCA and Medicaid: A Harmful Prescription for Nebraska Students

Children need health care in critical developmental years. Medicaid provides this health care for one-third of Nebraska children. Together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have helped improve health outcomes, reduce child mortality, achieve positive academic gains in the classroom and more. These programs have also helped us…...

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Puerto Rico-A Cautionary Tale for Medicaid Block Grants

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, suffers a traumatic brain injury, or is struggling with anxiety and depression as a result of trauma and abuse, health insurance ensures that these kids have access to the care they need to recover and heal. In Nebraska, Medicaid provides health care for…...

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On the Backs of Children: Medicaid

Voices for Children believes that successful stewardship of our state is not just about looking at where we are today, but thinking about where we want to be tomorrow. Cutting funding to programs that have been extremely beneficial to children is concerning to us. In the first of a series…...

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Voices for Children Testimony on LB 235

Voices for Children Policy Coordinator Kaitlin Reece testified today in support of LB 235, a bill to clarify grant requirements for the Summer Food Service Program. Read her full testimony below. For a printable version of our testimony, click here.   To: Members of the Education Committee From: Kaitlin Reece, Policy…...

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Back to School: Is Your School a Hunger-Free Zone?

August means that it’s back to school season in Nebraska! As students and teachers gear up for a full year of learning in the classroom, we at Voices are turning our attention to an important factor in academic success: proper nutrition. Research tells us that hunger negatively impacts academic performance,…...

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Voices for Children Releases 2016 Legislative Scorecard

Since 2012, Voices for Children has produced a scorecard at the end of each legislative biennium, tracking every senator’s votes on a broad range of issues related to kids. Nebraska’s 104th Legislature adjourned in April after the second session of its biennium, and over the course of those two years,…...

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Child poverty: Not just about income

Last month, the Brookings Institution released a two-part report, “Five evils: Multidimensional poverty and race in America,” examining the intersection of race, place, and poverty across the country. Looking beyond household income, the report identifies other measures of poverty—lack of employment, limited education, lack of health insurance, and living in…...

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