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Lawmakers bring forth another bad budget for kids

House and Senate leaders released their compromise budget proposal Tuesday. With a few exceptions, the proposal fails to include important funding and policy changes, including Medicaid expansion, that are sorely needed to help children and families thrive in North Carolina.   Here’s a quick rundown of what we’re most concerned about:

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North Carolina’s leaders must come together on health care

Legislation introduced last week to expand Medicaid should be welcome news to the hundreds of thousands in North Carolina who currently can’t see a doctor when they need one. House Bill 5 was introduced by lead sponsors Reps. Gale Adcock, Carla Cunningham, Verla Insko, and Jean Farmer-Butterfield, and Senate Bill 3 was introduced by lead sponsors Sens. Ben Clark, Dan Blue, and Gladys Robinson – all Democrats. A Republican-led bill is expected soon in the NC House.

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New KIDS COUNT report: Undercount in the 2020 Census threatens hard-won progress for NC children and their families

The KIDS COUNT Data Book, released on June 28 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that a stronger economy is producing better outcomes for parents and their kids. Federally-funded supports such as SNAP, Head Start, CHIP, and school lunches are helping drive child success. But those positive outcomes are in jeopardy as 73,000 North Carolina children are at risk of not being counted in the upcoming 2020 census.

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LGBTQ children deserve our love, support, and protection

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed and Governor McCrory signed a bill that sends a clear message to LGBTQ kids in our state, and the message is this: you are not worthy of our love and support ...
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Wake County takes small step in battle to end incarcerating juveniles like adults

Raising the age, however, is the real solution

A new report on school-based arrests in Wake County just dealt another blow to North Carolina’s outdated and counterproductive policy of charging all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

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Help children’s health by closing the Medicaid coverage gap

University researchers at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health recently released a new study showing the profound benefits of expanding health coverage to uninsured, low-income adults in the health care coverage gap. The study compares the health of ...
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Rising NC infant mortality underscores need to expand Medicaid

The word “consistency” suggests stability, predictability, normalcy. It implies that we can move on and not worry. When the State of North Carolina announced our 2014 infant mortality data this week, the official release said “the 2014 statistics ...
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What the gubernatorial candidates are not talking about

Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton are engaged in a cutthroat battle to be the next Governor of North Carolina. Up to this point, both candidates have focused their messages primarily on job creation and jumpstarting the economy, along ...
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Upcoming legislative session: A vulnerable time for vulnerable children

North Carolina legislators return to Raleigh this month and whether they like it or not, they will make a host of decisions that will have a profound impact on children’s lives. In 2011, lawmakers took several steps that ...
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NC children to state legislators: “System is broken, so please fix it”

This summer, state legislators constructed a budget that undermined public schools, the health care system and the future of many North Carolina children. If legislators reconvene later in the month for a fourth time this year, they should ...
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