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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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Keeping kids enrolled in Medicaid – Support for LB 220

  Today, Voices for Children testified in strong support for LB 220, a bill that would reinstate 12-month continuous eligibility for Medicaid for low-income children.  Here’s what we said to the committee: Voices for Children in Nebraska would like to express our support for LB 220 and thank Senator Avery…...

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LB 556 – Improving behavioral health screenings and access for kids

In the words of our Executive Director’s son: “Physical health is important, but if you aren’t mentally ok then the physical stuff doesn’t matter so your behavioral health is what’s really important.” There’s no question that many of Nebraska’s children and youth face behavioral health issues. However, putting an exact number…...

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LB220: Continuous Eligibility for Children’s Health Insurance Program

Health care access for children plays a critical role in healthy development. Children need continuous health care coverage to ensure they receive timely access to immunizations, developmental screenings, and preventative services. In 2002, children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were considered continually eligible for 6 months, which decreased the likelihood that…...

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Our prosperous future requires an investment in kids

Today, Voices for Children in Nebraska’s Executive Director, Carolyn Rooker, issued the following statement in response to Governor Heineman’s State of the State Address: This legislative session, lawmakers must be future-thinking in their budget decisions – both on the revenue and spending side – and prioritize services that will put…...

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