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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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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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A win-win for health – Tobacco Tax increase raises revenue and reduces smoking

March 13, 2013 To: Chairman Hadley and members of the Revenue Committee From: Courtnay VanDeVelde, Policy Associate Re: Support for LB 439 – Change cigarette and tobacco tax provisions. In the last few years, states have taken steps to reduce the population of tobacco users by increasing the excise taxes…...

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Another opportunity on school-based health centers

Last year, we at Voices for Children watched with disapointment as Governor Heineman vetoed a bill to provide grants to help with the start-up costs of new school-based health centers.  The bill failed to garner enough votes to have the veto overidden.  Today, LB 275 will receive a hearing before the Education…...

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Implement ACA’s new Medicaid options – Support for LB 577

  Although children are already eligible for Medicaid at a higher income level, this LB 577 would allow uninsured parents with incomes between about 60% and 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) access to health insurance....

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Improving health care access kids with autism – Support LB 505

  Before I moved to Omaha, I worked at an Autism Therapy Center as an ABA (applied behavioral analysis) therapist in Minnesota. My main duties while there focused on providing one-on-one direct care for children on the autism spectrum. The families paid for the treatments through insurance payments, so I…...

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