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47,000 Reasons to Move Forward on Health Care

  Earlier this week, Governor Heineman expressed his plans to wait to move forward on setting up a Health Care Exchange in Nebraska.  Health Care Exchanges are one of the key features of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010.  The exchange will be a new…...

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New Report Highlights Costs of Incarcerating Kids

A large part of our Safety agenda here at Voices for Children in Nebraska focuses on how our state treats children who come into contact with our juvenile justice system. When the first juvenile courts were established in the United States over a hundred years ago, their purpose was to…...

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Unnecessary Costs: Juvenile Incarceration in Nebraska

In light of the release of the No Place for Kids Report earlier today, we’re looking at some of the Nebraska-specific numbers. During the 2009-2010 state fiscal year (SFY), Nebraska spent over $17 million dollars on its two centers for juvenile incarceration – the youth residential treatment centers (YRTC) in…...

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Poverty a matter of life and death

Statistics, dry as they can be, can point to some hard truths when we really pay attention. Last week I wrote about the new Census numbers on child poverty, which indicate that about 1 in 5 Nebraska kids is poor. That translates to 82,000 children, or the entire populations of…...

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Building a better child welfare system

    Today the HHS committee of the legislature has a hearing on LR 37 in Omaha.  Voices for Children has been invited to testify.  We will have more remarks (Updated below) after the hearing, but for now, we wanted to share a “fact sheet” that goes along with our…...

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How cuts to Medicaid impact a child’s health

  Having access to health care is critical for the healthy development of children.  However, in the last decade, we’ve seen a general trend in kids losing employer-sponsored health care, making Medicaid increasingly important for child health....

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Poverty Data: What we can do about it

  As you might be able to tell from yesterday’s post on the new poverty data, we at Voices for Children were appalled by the new numbers.  We put out a press release and a few people took notice, but in our biased (albeit highly researched) opinion, there should be…...

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With more kids in poverty, it’s time for action

Holy smokes. Remember last week when we promised a more in-depth look at poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau? Well, today, those data were released, and the look we promised isn’t going to be a very happy one. While the Omaha World-Herald led with a story touting Nebraska’s income growth, the takeaway here…...

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Almost One in Five Nebraska Children Living in Poverty

We are diving into the data working on some charts and graphs with the newly released American Community Survey Data for later today.  In the meantime, here is the press release we sent to the media this morning: 9/22/2011 CONTACT: Aubrey Mancuso, Economic Policy Coordinator Phone:  (402) 597-3100 Email:  amancuso@voicesforchildren.com…...

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To privatize, or not to privatize

  To privatize, or not to privatize – that isn’t the question. Hopefully Shakespeare will forgive us for misusing his famous soliloquy, but we couldn’t come up with a better way to summarize our reaction to recent coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile services reform…...

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