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Health

LB 837: Create a task force to review certain drugs for state wards

As introduced: This bill would create a task force to review and provide recommendations on the use of psychotropic drugs by state wards and the administration of these drugs. As amended: none Introducing Senator(s): Howard...

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LB 826: Legislative Approval of Medicaid Cuts

As introduced: The bill would require legislative approval of all significant policy changes to the Medicaid program including cutting or eliminating services or increasing co-pays. Introducing Senator(s): Dubas, Bloomfield, Campbell, Cook, Krist, Lathrop, McGill, Mello, Nordquist Committee: Health and Human Services Committee...

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LB 1038: Blood Lead Poisoning Prevention

As introduced:  The bill would require blood-lead testing prior to school enrollment and refer parents whose children have high blood-lead levels to special education resources. As amended: The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a prevention and outreach plan to prevent and treat elevated blood…...

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LB 599: Allow All Low-Income Mothers to Receive Prenatal Care Coverage under Medicaid

This bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a state plan amendment or waiver to provide prenatal services under the targeted low-income child health option of the CHIP. Program services would be prenatal care and pregnancy-related services connected to the health of the unborn…...

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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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LB 1063: Adopt the Children’s Health and Treatment Act

As introduced: The bill would clarify the definition of medical necessity and Nebraska’s obligation not to discriminate the availability of appropriate services on the basis of age or diagnosis. In making a medical necessity determination, there would be a presumption in favor of the treating physician. It would also reemphasize…...

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Hungry in the Heartland

Milo Perkins, the administrator of the first food stamp program in the late 1930s, described the reason for its existence as such:  “We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other. We set out to find…...

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A Good Day for Nebraska Kids

Yesterday, our state legislature overrode a Gubernatorial veto on LB 599, a bill to restore prenatal care for all low-income Nebraska babies.   As many of you know, Voices for Children and others have been fighting to restore this care since it was lost in 2010. Today,  there are many reasons…...

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We did it! Prenatal care restored!

We did it! Yesterday afternoon, the Legislature stood strong and overrode the governor’s veto of prenatal care.   It was a moment 2+ years in the making....

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Why Health Matters to Education

  Earlier this week, Governor Heineman vetoed a bill to provide grants to help with the start-up costs of new school-based health centers.  School-based health centers are just what the name implies: a health center housed within a school. It’s a concept that takes the idea of a school nurse and expands it to…...

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