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Aubrey Mancuso

Cutting Our Future: The Medically Handicapped Children’s Program

The Medically Handicapped Children’s Program (MHCP) is a program that provides specialized medical services for families with children with disabilities or ongoing health care needs.  These services can include case management, specialty medical team evaluations, access to specialty physicians, and payment of treatment services. Buried among the budget modifications in the recent…...

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Cutting Our Future: Medicaid Provider Rates

Medicaid is an important lifeline for kids whose families would otherwise be unable to afford health insurance.  Having health insurance, especially when kids are young, is a critical component of ensuring healthy development.  In 2010, 69% of all Medicaid participants in Nebraska were kids. But having health insurance alone isn’t…...

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Cutting Our Future: Child Care Subsidies

If you spend much time at Voices for Children you will hear us talk a lot about early childhood — those critical years from 0 to 8.  Research has shown that investments in these years pay dividends in the future by helping to create more productive and successful adults.  In…...

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Cutting Our Future: Prenatal Care for Low-Income Mothers

As you might remember, during the last legislative session, a bill was passed to restore prenatal care coverage under Medicaid for all low-income mothers regardless of immigration status or other issues of the mother.  A large and diverse coalition of groups came together to support the restoration of this care. …...

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Early Education Supports Military Readiness

Last week, two retired generals from Nebraska called on policymakers to support high-quality early childhood education.  At first glance, it seems an odd topic for generals to be speaking out on, but it’s part of a growing recognition about the wide-ranging importance of early childhood education.  Lately, it seems everyone from…...

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The Real Issues on Sesame Street

If you’ve been following the presidential election lately, it’s hard to miss the talk lately about subsidies for public television and the popular children’s television show, Sesame Street. What’s missing from this conversation (and in many campaigns so far), is how we really are failing Sesame Street by failing its viewers — kids....

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CFED Launches New Assets & Opportunities Network

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at and attending the bi-annual conference held by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (or CFED, since everything in government and policy has to have an acronym).  CFED‘s mission is to empower low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets…...

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September is College Savings Month

Governor Heineman recently announced that September is college savings month in Nebraska and that there are events coming up in October where families can learn more about saving for their children’s higher education through a tax-advantaged plan.  We appreciate the Governor’s interest in this issue, and recent research highlights why…...

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Behind the Numbers: A Tale of Two Census Surveys

Each year around this time, the U.S. Census Bureau releases new numbers from the previous year on things like the number of people who lack health insurance and the number of people living in poverty.  Here at Voices for Children, we look forward to having new numbers that tell us…...

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Governor Seeking Input on Health Care Exchanges

On September 4, 2012 Governor Heineman invited representatives from 11 different organizations to speak about establishing a health care exchange in Nebraska.  Health care exchanges are a key feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will serve as a new marketplace where individuals and small businesses can purchase health…...

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