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Explaining the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act was created to support families by making health insurance more affordable and accessible. Nebraska currently has a historic opportunity under the Affordable Care Act to improve our health care system for working families.  As the Legislative Session nears, it’s important to know what it is we’re…...

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The Budget Impact of the Affordable Care Act

There are many changes to come in health care in the next year and one topic pressing to Nebraskans is the Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the Health and Human Services and Appropriations Committees of the state legislature considered the costs and benefits of a potential…...

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Cutting our Future: Hastings Regional Center

  Here’s a question for you: How can we best meet the behavioral health needs of Nebraska’s children? Or better yet: How do we do this, given our limited resources? This question becomes especially important as we dig into the DHHS budget request and it’s list of possible modifications and cuts.…...

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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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Following up on Children’s Behavioral Health (LB 603)

On October 30, 2012, The Children’s Behavioral Health Committee discussed the progress in the implementation of LB603.  LB603’s intention is to address the lack of support for families with children dealing with a behavioral health crisis.  Support systems have been created, however barriers and gaps continue to exist within the…...

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Cutting Our Future: Behavioral Health Services

  In 2008 during our state’s Safe Haven crisis, parents relinquished custody of 36 children to the state of Nebraska. Most of these children were struggling with behavioral health challenges that had left their families feeling helpless. The message was clear: Nebraska’s families and children weren’t getting the help they…...

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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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Cutting Our Future: How Budget Cuts Affect Nebraska’s kids

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” We all know that preventing something bad from happening is better than fixing a problem after it starts.  Time and time again, best practices and research show that intervening early in the lives of vulnerable children can prevent problems from…...

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