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Blog Category: Federal Advocacy

Share Your Story- Child Care, Foster Care, Trauma-informed, Health & Mental Health

As we prepare to speak up for kids at the Virginia General Assembly and in Washington we need help from you to share your story or the stories of families…

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Richard Bennett Takes a Holistic Approach to Child Health

Written by Cassie Price Pediatrician and Voices for Virginia’s Children board member Richard Bennett understood better than most what was at stake in the fight to re-fund the Children’s Health…

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Laurie Flynn, Tireless Advocate for Children’s Mental Health, Kids in Foster Care

Laurie Flynn had been the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for less than a month when her 17-year-old daughter attempted suicide in 1984. Her daughter…

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Family First Prevention Services Act Will Change Child Welfare for the Better

While lawmakers and advocates were busy pushing for advances to child welfare in Virginia during the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., quietly passed the greatest changes to child…

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Latasha Wiggins, CHIP Champion

Latasha Wiggins was standing in a parking lot alternately crying and talking into her phone to a woman in an office of one of Latasha’s elected representatives. It was two…

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CHIP Funded Through 2023!

Today we are celebrating and thanking everyone who advocated at the federal level to bring attention to CHIP! Yesterday, Congress finally acted to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known…

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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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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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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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