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Health

2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Each year, the KIDS COUNT Data Book presents an update on how the nation’s kids are faring, state-by-state, in a cross-section of topics. For the past few years in Nebraska, we’ve grown used to a national ranking of 9th overall – and this year we keep that position. Great news,…...

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A long road toward restoring prenatal care

  The bill (LB 599) that restores prenatal care coverage for low-income moms and their babies went into effect today – over two years since we started working to make it reality. In that time, we have worked alongside countless advocates, doctors, concerned citizens, and worried moms. Its has been…...

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Behavioral Health Issue Brief

Understanding children’s behavioral health and the best ways to address problems can be challenging.  When policymakers, advocates, and community members want to make a difference in the lives of children, it is helpful to have a solid understanding of the basics. We have created a series of 2-pagers to identify…...

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25 for 25: Kids Connection

  We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For details,…...

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Mental Health Access

Voices for Children in Nebraska invites you to join us for a breakfast panel discussion featuring four local experts on the relationship between race and mental health access. Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Kruger, MA, PhD, Behavioral Health Director at One World Community Health Centers Sheila St. Amant, MS, LIMHP, is a Mental…...

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Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Kids!

Every Nebraskan should have access to the health care services they need when they need them.  Healthy children learn better, healthy adults are more productive workers, and healthy people make for stronger and more vibrant communities.  We need a health care system that works for everyone.  The Patient Protection and…...

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How kids with disabilities are insured

If your interests lean wonkish, chances are you’re been paying some attention to the Supreme Court lately. A decision is expected anytime on the Affordable Care Act, which will shape how health reform continues to be implemented. Like everyone else with skin in the game, we here at Voices for…...

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Update on SNAP and the Farm Bill

The Senate is currently debating the 2012 Farm Bill, which reauthorizes agriculture, conservation and nutrition assistance programs for another five years. This is important because it could impact the future of the SNAP program, which helps to feed over 80,000 Nebraskan children. Yesterday, the Senate voted on four nutrition amendments—Senator…...

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Urgent action needed on SNAP

Your voice is needed today on behalf of Nebraska kids! Today the US Senate will be considering amendments to the Farm Bill that could impact the future of the SNAP program, which helps to feed over 80,000 Nebraska children. Please call 1-877-698-8228 and enter your zip code to be connected to Senator…...

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LB 1129: Provide requirements for insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders

As introduced: LB 1129 requires health insurance plans sold in Nebraska on or after January 1, 2013 to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children (under age 21).  Providing for some exceptions, coverage will not be subject to any limits on the number…...

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