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Health

5 scary facts about Nebraska’s kids and families

In honor of Halloween, we are counting down a few of the scariest facts we could think of related to Nebraska’s kids and families. 5) 69% of children in Nebraska who are uninsured are low-income and should qualify for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but are not enrolled. 4) 1 year…...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Would Make a Huge Difference for Nebraskans

As far as paid leave policy goes, the United States is ranked essentially dead last, a fact that both astounds and outrages citizens across the nation. U.S. workers must choose between family and work when faced with circumstances such as an illness in the family, aging parents, or a newborn…...

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Telling the whole story of abuse and neglect in Nebraska

In the world of child welfare, it’s an unfortunate truth that media attention is often centered on individual cases of abuse and neglect, instead of focusing on the bigger picture of what’s happening with kids and families in Nebraska’s child welfare system. This weekend, however, the story in Nebraska was…...

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CHIP Helps Reduce Disparities in Access to Health Care

Access to quality affordable health care helps children prepare to be healthy and successful adults.  As a consequence of economic instability, children of color are less likely to have the health insurance coverage that they need.  New data released for 2013  showed that 7.6% of kids nationwide do not have health insurance.…...

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Children’s Health Insurance Program Critical for Rural Kids

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to provide health insurance coverage to U.S. children in families with an income too high to be eligible for Medicaid and inadequate to afford private health insurance. In Nebraska, children in families with incomes of up to 200% of the…...

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2014 National Kids Count Series: Health

Last month the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book highlighting state trends in child well-being and celebrating their 25th edition of the book by going back to 1990 and looking at changes in America’s children since then. Voices for Children in Nebraska is featuring a series on the data book…...

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Will Nebraska Move Forward on Hunger-Free Schools?

Earlier this year, we mentioned Community Eligibility as a new option for providing school meals in a way that makes high-poverty schools hunger-free zones.  Ensuring that children aren’t hungry in school can help them be better prepared for their primary job of learning.  Community Eligibility allows eligible schools to serve…...

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A New Tool to Address Child Hunger

Children do best in school when they arrive for the day ready to learn and one of the most important things a kid can do in the morning to prepare for school is to start the day off with breakfast.   It used to be that most kids had a…...

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Closing the Coverage Gap for Nebraska’s Kids

Early numbers on uninsured rates following the close of the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) suggest that the bill has been successful in connecting uninsured Americans with health coverage. Although the ACA primarily affects adults, many uninsured children stand to gain coverage through their parents. As a…...

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A System of Care for Nebraska

Last week, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services held an initial stakeholder meeting on planning for a “System of Care” for Nebraska kids with behavioral health issues.  Several challenges over the past few years have brought to light the need to better serve Nebraska youth and families facing…...

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