Blog Category: Health Care Access

A Comparative Analysis of House and Senate Proposed Budgets for Health Equity: A Closer Look at Key Investments

As Virginia is still navigating the Medicaid Unwinding process, our legislature and state agencies are approaching Medicaid spending with caution. As Delegate Sickles noted in his budget report for the…

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Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger: 2024 Update

According to Hunger Free America’s 2023 Annual Hunger Survey, 11.7% of Virginia children live in food insecure households, putting them at risk for poor health outcomes and academic performance. As…

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Investing in Health Equity During the 2024 Legislative Session

As we enter the 2024 legislative session, we are also nearing the end of Medicaid Unwinding, which began in March 2023. Over 81,000 children and youth in Virginia have been…

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2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book (Interactive Charts): Virginia Child Well-Being by Race

Every year Voices partners with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to release their annual ranking of child well-being, the KIDS COUNT Data Book. This year’s data includes a look at…

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Medicaid Unwinding

Virginians receiving continuous Medicaid coverage was one of the benefits of a pandemic-era law, proving to be a lifeline to children and families and helping to bring down the overall…

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School Meals Provide a Guarantee That Children Will Get Fed

Young people can learn and thrive when they are fed and have access to healthy and nutritious foods. However, in Virginia, one in ten children are considered food insecure and…

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General Assembly 2022: Health and Wellness Wrap-Up

Understanding the social determinants of health (SDOH) that impact children’s lives informs how we advocate for policies that improve the health and well-being of all children, especially children of color…

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Why Virginia Must Do Better for Black Mothers and Black Babies

Dr. J. Marion Simms is known as the founder of modern surgical gynecology. However, in the 1840s, Simms spent years conducting experiments on enslaved women. Their names are only known as…

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Intersectional Solutions to Increasing Food Access & Nutrition Security in Virginia

According to Feeding America, in Virginia, 799,620 people are facing hunger and 9.4 percent of the people in Virginia face food insecurity.  Of those, 214,270 are children. In 2019, Voices…

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Support SB 270 & HB 1049: Increase Language Access & Equity for all Virginians

Virginia is home to speakers of many languages. However, the access to language services for individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities are inconsistent across the state varying…

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