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Blog Category: Health and Wellness

Working to improve health insurance access in Virginia

Update 2/16/18: The debate around whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia continues to be a primary focus of the 2018 General Assembly session. As we’ve discussed, one vehicle to expand…

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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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The “Old” Governor’s Budget for a New Assembly

Virginia is unique among states in prohibiting our governor from serving consecutive terms. We are also unique in that the outgoing governor presents a two-year budget blueprint for the new…

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Budget Hearings: A Lesson in Civic Engagement

Yesterday’s chilly temperatures failed to deter a large number of Virginians from attending the General Assembly budget hearings in Richmond, Radford, Sterling, and Virginia Beach. In Richmond alone, more than…

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Promote Resilience and Prevent Childhood Trauma

Recommendations to the 2018 General Assembly Written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant Research shows that chronic, severe stressors in childhood can cause toxic, traumatic biological responses to…

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Join us in Richmond for a Screening of “Resilience” 12/4!

Our partners at Greater Richmond SCAN will host a screening of the documentary “Resilience” from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4,  at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond. This short documentary covers…

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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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New Interactive Data Maps and Graphics!

By: Colton Powell & Beth Nolan Voices is thrilled to share with you our new and improved interactive data page, which displays key indicators in four areas of child well-being….

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