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Health

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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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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Legislature stands up for healthy babies!

The bill to restore prenatal care, LB 599, passed just a few minutes ago.  Thank you to the 31 state senators who have stood by babies and voted to extend prenatal care to all low-income unborn children.  They have recognized that providing prenatal care is the fiscally responsible choice and…...

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Take Action on Prenatal Care!

Late last night, the Legislature advanced LB 599 by a 30-16 vote. This was a huge step for advocates who have been working tirelessly to restore prenatal care to all low-income moms and babies since the loss of care in 2010! But our work is far from over. LB 599…...

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Happy 2nd Birthday ACA!

Today the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, turns 2 years old!  President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010. So far, the ACA has benefited tens of thousands of kids in Nebraska, and millions of kids across the country.  Children with conditions like asthma and diabetes no longer…...

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Health Care in 2014

On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law.  Children have already benefited from the new law.  They can no longer be denied health insurance due to preexisting conditions, young adults have the security of staying on their parents’ health insurance plan up to the age…...

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