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Health

LB 505: Provide requirements for insurance coverage of Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

As introduced: LB 505 requires insurance plans in this State (except disease-specific and self-funded employee plans) to provide coverage of behavioral health treatment administered by a board certified behavior analyst or licensed psychologist for the purpose screening for, diagnosing and treating autism. Required coverage amounts are as follows: • A…...

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LB 577: Change provisions relating to the medical assistance program (Medicaid Expansion)

As introduced: The intent of LB 577 is to require Nebraska Medicaid to add the newly eligible adult population under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to the Nebraska Medicaid state plan amendment; and outlines the health coverage provided under the program. The bill provides for expanded eligibility to…...

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LB 630: Revise Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act to include daycare settings

As introduced: LB 630 requires home daycares and their vehicles to be smoke free during and after hours of business in accordance with the standards for commercial daycare centers. Introducing Senator(s): Kolowski Committee:  Health and Human Services Committee Hearing Date: March 7, 2013...

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LB 556: Provide for telehealth services for children and families, and provide mental and behavioral health screenings at childhood physicals

As introduced: The intent of LB 556 is to help parents access behavioral healthcare for their children, reduce the time that a child spends out of the classroom, address the shared community goal of keeping children healthy and in school, provide access to medical and mental health specialists to rural…...

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LR 31: Continuation of the Children’s Behavioral Health Oversight Committee

As introduced: LR 31 is intended to allow the Children’s Behavioral Health Oversight Committee (also known as the LB 603 Committee) to continue its work until the beginning of the 103rd Legislature, Second Session. The committee was created as a special legislative committee in 2009 with the enactment of LB…...

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The most important meal of the day

  Last week, the Nebraska State Legislature adjourned for the year.  Before adjournment, lawmakers introduced interim studies on issues that they plan to take a closer look at between now and next year.   One such study, LR 206, will look at the school breakfast program in Nebraska and potential…...

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A blast from the past and a look into the future of behavioral health in Nebraska

  Looking back on our policies on behavioral health access for children, we can see that Nebraska has made progress but that our work still isn’t done. We can start with the infamous legislation of 2008, LB 157, more commonly known as the Safe Haven Law. The basic idea behind…...

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The sequester’s impact in Nebraska, Part 4: Public Health

This is the fourth post in the federal sequester’s impact on Nebraska’s kids.  See the first three posts here: Sequester Overview, Head Start, and Education.  In addition to cuts to children’s education, sequestration will impact Nebraska’s children in many other ways, one of which is public health. The White House estimates Nebraska…...

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“More Kids in Health Coverage Sounds Nice, May Be Too Taxing”

Today’s title comes courtesy of a 1997 Omaha World-Herald Editorial, when Nebraska was considering expanding Medicaid program through what’s known as CHIP, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, to cover more low-income children.  The federal government had recently passed legislation to give states the option of covering more kids through…...

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Healthy babies are still worth the investment! – Oppose LB 518

Voices for Children is in opposition to LB 518 which would repeal a bill enacted last year to restore prenatal care for all low-income Nebraska babies.  Research continues to support the fact that prenatal care is both essential to healthy birth outcomes and cost-effective when compared to the cost of…...

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