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Blog Category: Health and Wellness

CHIP Bill Introduced in Senate: Congress must act quickly!

As mentioned in our blog last week, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as FAMIS in Virginia, provides health insurance coverage to 123,256 low-income children and 1,146 pregnant women in…

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The Clock is Ticking: Congress must act quickly to extend CHIP funding

Together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as FAMIS in Virginia, provide critical health coverage to more than 720,000 children in Virginia. These programs work hand-in-hand and…

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New Interactive Data Maps and Graphics!

By: Colton Powell & Beth Nolan Voices is thrilled to share with you our new and improved interactive data page, which displays key indicators in four areas of child well-being….

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Medicaid is an important lifeline for kids and families in rural Virginia

Medicaid provides an important lifeline in Virginia, especially for children and families in our small towns and rural communities. It helps deliver critical access to health coverage, while protecting families…

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What could a state-level effort addressing childhood trauma look like in Virginia?

Local and regional Trauma Informed Community Networks (TICNs) across Virginia are bringing partners together from local government, schools, and services providers to transform their approaches to working with children who…

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Social Media Days of Action March 15th-18th- #KeepKidsCoveredVA

Help us amplify the message that we must preserve health insurance coverage for the 95% of Virginia children that have it today. We ask you to take part in a…

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Race, Place, and Poverty Presentation for Greater Richmond

Last month, Beth, our KIDS COUNT Director, presented to the United Methodist’s Richmond Region Women’s Group about race, place, and poverty in Greater Richmond. The presentation highlighted different indicators, broken…

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How the new federal health care legislation hurts kids: Medicaid cuts

This week in Congress, Republicans unveiled their plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their effort, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was introduced and quickly…

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Health and Mental Health in the 2017 Conference Report

Wednesday night, Senate and House budget negotiators released their conference budget report for floor consideration by the General Assembly Friday evening.  As previously noted, no specific line item focused on children’s health…

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Mental Health in the Senate and House Budget Recommendations

Children’s Mental Health and Transforming the Mental Health System While there was not a specific line item focused on children’s mental health in the budget recommendations, several of the House…

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