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Hungry in the Heartland

Milo Perkins, the administrator of the first food stamp program in the late 1930s, described the reason for its existence as such:  “We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other. We set out to find…...

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A Good Day for Nebraska Kids

Yesterday, our state legislature overrode a Gubernatorial veto on LB 599, a bill to restore prenatal care for all low-income Nebraska babies.   As many of you know, Voices for Children and others have been fighting to restore this care since it was lost in 2010. Today,  there are many reasons…...

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Why Health Matters to Education

  Earlier this week, Governor Heineman vetoed a bill to provide grants to help with the start-up costs of new school-based health centers.  School-based health centers are just what the name implies: a health center housed within a school. It’s a concept that takes the idea of a school nurse and expands it to…...

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Take Action on Prenatal Care!

Late last night, the Legislature advanced LB 599 by a 30-16 vote. This was a huge step for advocates who have been working tirelessly to restore prenatal care to all low-income moms and babies since the loss of care in 2010! But our work is far from over. LB 599…...

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Happy 2nd Birthday ACA!

Today the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, turns 2 years old!  President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010. So far, the ACA has benefited tens of thousands of kids in Nebraska, and millions of kids across the country.  Children with conditions like asthma and diabetes no longer…...

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Health Care in 2014

On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law.  Children have already benefited from the new law.  They can no longer be denied health insurance due to preexisting conditions, young adults have the security of staying on their parents’ health insurance plan up to the age…...

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Debate Continues on Tax Cuts vs. Kids

The last few years have not been a great time to be a kid in Nebraska.  Our child poverty rates are higher than they’ve been in a decade and we’ve continued to make cuts to programs serving our state’s vulnerable children: In 2009, the state moved to privatize the child welfare…...

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Support for LB1098 – Repeal of the Build Nebraska Act (LB 84)

February 16, 2012 To: Revenue Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 1098 to repeal the Build Nebraska Act and change distribution of sales and use tax revenue...

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Support for LB 1010 – Increase the gross income limit in SNAP

February 15, 2012 To: Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 1010 to increase the gross income limit in the SNAP program...

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Support for LB 1038 – Require blood-lead testing for school enrollment

January 31, 2012 To: Education Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy CoordinatorRE:  Support for LB 1038 to require blood-lead testing prior to school enrollment...

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