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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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2018 Legislative Agenda Highlights

After an extended General Assembly session, we are pleased the legislature approved a budget that includes Medicaid expansion that will cover nearly 400,000 more uninsured Virginians. This budget also includes…

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Finally! Virginia passes Medicaid expansion and a budget that invests in kids

After repeated attempts over the last several years, Virginia finally adopted Medicaid expansion to provide health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians who currently fall in the coverage gap.  We are…

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Details of the Proposed House and Senate Budget Deal, Including Medicaid Expansion

The House Appropriations Committee shared the details of the proposed House and Senate FY19 & FY20 budget deal on May 21, 2018, before the Senate was scheduled to vote. However,…

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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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2018 Legislative Session Update: Budget Will Go into Overtime

Yesterday — day 58 of the 60-day General Assembly session — the House and Senate announced that they were not able to reach an agreement about providing health insurance coverage…

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Children’s Mental Health in the Senate and House Budget Recommendations

On Sunday, Feb. 18, the Senate and House money committees released their budgets. Some key differences in the House and Senate budget proposals are described below. Alternative Transportation We are…

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Working to improve health insurance access in Virginia

Update 2/23/18: Yesterday, the House and Senate voted on their versions of the budget, which are actually their changes to the budget introduced by outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe in December….

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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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Progress Report: Trauma-informed Policies and Practice

The 2018 General Assembly will consider several items related to improving trauma-informed policies and practices. These proposals come after a year where Voices has studied state-level approaches to trauma-informed policy,…

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