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Kids Count Notes: Upward Trend in Child Well-Being, Big States Still Rank Low, and Fears of Census Undercount

The 2018 Kids Count Databook, an annual assessment of state and national performance on indicators of child well-being, was published today. The report, which you can click here to read, has been produced by the Annie E.


Special Election in Oregon Will Determine Fate of Medicaid Expansion

Oregon voters will go to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to approve a new set of taxes that would pay for an expansion of Medicaid that, among other things, guarantees health care to all children in the state.

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As Repeal Push Progressed, Foster Youth Became More Exposed to Medicaid Changes

The push to replace or reform the Affordable Care Act appears to be stalled for the moment, as Republicans failed to pass a bill through the reconciliation process. Now, any substantive change will require 60 votes in the Senate, which means a bipartisan deal.


Vulnerable Youth in Foster Care Lose if We Let This Health Care Sequel Play Out

This year, I moved to Los Angeles after a long career in policy in Washington, D.C. I didn’t move here to work in the so-called “industry,” but boy, do I know a bad movie when I’ve seen one.


Teen Pregnancy Prevention Cuts Will Affect At-Risk Youth Across the Country

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) abruptly cut short grants for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. These cuts will affect more than 80 institutions and organizations that reach some of the most at-risk youth across the country.


Twelve Child Welfare Policy Ideas from Former Foster Youth

Every year, one of Youth Services Insider’s favorite assignments is poring over the policy recommendations of the 12 young people selected for the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a program operated by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.


Top Five Threats to Child Welfare from the Senate Health Care Repeal Proposal

The Senate’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to sharply cut Medicaid payments to states through so-called per capita caps can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare.


Why Health Care is Critical for Former Foster Youth

I spent four years in the foster care system in Las Vegas due to negligence and abuse.  In 2010, I aged out of foster care at age 18 and lost my health insurance.

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One Lesson of Healthcare Push: EPSDT is Vulnerable

As every American with an electronic device knows, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – was pulled off the table Friday just before a vote was to take place, as House leaders came to grips with the fact that they did not have the votes to pass it.