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My Mother

May 9, 2014
My mother didn’t teach me just one thing. She taught me too many things to count, things which I can’t even articulate, things that wouldn’t make sense to anyone who isn’t me or my mother. But that is the beautiful thing about our mother-daughter relationship. I value this relationship more than perhaps anything else in my life. I have to. My mother would give me no other choice. She is a force. Literally and figuratively, a force. My mother and I have a strange and complicated relationship. I can only explain it properly with a lot of exasperated sighs, hand waving, and eye rolling. I also...
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Mom Taught Me To Be An Activist

May 9, 2014
I recently visited my mom for her birthday last week. She always possessed a practical, no-nonsense attitude. Mom is the personification of a hip 80 year-old, but she reminds me often that growing up during the Depression gives her the edge of realism. Her mind is as sharp as a tack, so even at her advanced age, she’s truly light years ahead of her pack. She’s still a voice of reason. Since Mom’s body is not as sprite as her intellect, she walks and walks to keep fit. As she prepared for a trip to visit relatives in Spain, Mom tells me, “I’m walking longer everyday to get ready for the trip...
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Crossing into New Territory with 25,000 Newly Covered Kids

May 12, 2014
At Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, we’ve been working for many years to ensure that all children have health coverage here in our state. Our latest report, Crossing into New Territory: Kids’ Health Coverage in 2014 , outlines the progress Arkansas has made in covering kids since 1997. For the first time ever, fewer than six percent of Arkansas children lack health insurance, down from 22 percent in 1997. This dramatic reduction is no accident. It is the product of a concerted, bipartisan, years-long effort to make sure kids are covered. However, as we shared last week at our “...
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CHIP Works for Children in Alabama and Across the Country

May 12, 2014
As a pediatrician caring for more than 100 children each week in the rural community of Brewton, Alabama, I’ve seen some of my patients grow into parents themselves, bringing in their children to see me as their doctor. Throughout my 33 years practicing pediatrics here, I’ve observed many changes in the field of medicine; advances in technology, new diagnoses, research that has helped shed light on how to prevent some conditions that were previously untreatable. I’ve also seen changes in insurance coverage over the years, and observed how insurance impacts the health of my patients,...
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Healthy Parents Make for Supported Kids

May 12, 2014
Did you know that the child support program serves more than 17 million children – 1 in 4 in the U.S.? Yes the child support program is about collecting money. It helps assure that children can get what they need, like clothes and school supplies, and lifts about a million people out of poverty each year. But child support is about so much more than just the money. Our core belief is that children deserve financial and emotional support from both of their parents. We want all parents to be successful parents. Instinctively we know that it’s much easier for parents to take care of their...
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Keeping All Youth and Young Adults Enrolled in Health Care

May 12, 2014
Do you know a young adult who has taken advantage of the President’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that allows young people to stay on their parent’s health plan until they are 26 years old? In this age of underemployment, lots of new high school and college graduates are grateful (and so are their parents) for that benefit. Now, imagine what happens to young adults who have spent their teenage years in foster care, with the state as their parent. When they reach 18-21, they leave foster care and its benefits and must find a job, a home, and their place in the world. Fortunately, thanks...
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Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

May 12, 2014
As a parent of a 13-month-old, my son is already the embodiment of what I hope for most; William is happiness and light personified. I am constantly amazed at how quickly he changes in appearance and ability. I know his father and I will support him as he endeavors to reach milestones throughout his young life and into adulthood. And I know we will celebrate these moments within the unique context that is William. The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! , a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral...
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You Hold Your Child’s Health Care in Your Hands

May 12, 2014
Your family means everything to you. You want your children to lead happy, healthy lives. When you see your child lashing out at his peers, his teachers, even you, what do you do? When you see your child suffering from a sore throat and a possible ear infection, what do you do? Does what you do to support your children’s overall well-being and health change because you lack access to the health care necessary to support their mental health and physical health ? Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can help you move past barriers and reach for the health care that your...
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Healthy kids do better in schools

May 12, 2014
Healthy kids do better in schools. Students who are healthy are better able to focus on what’s being taught in class and they’re less likely to be absent due to illness. Instructional time is vital to student success and schools can do a lot to make sure students are in class, healthy, and ready to learn. We also know the following: The number of low income children in public schools is growing. These are the students who need the most assistance. They live in areas where the per pupil expenditures have not grown to match the numbers in poverty. They generally are more likely to score lowest...
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Lessons from Mami

May 8, 2014
Mami has been gone for three years now. And every day, at least once a day, I am reminded of something she said, some lesson she passed on. Who's Your Family? The biggest lessons were from that last year. Where we spoke of family and friends and the definition of each. The fact that Mami had learned (perhaps the hard way) that just because someone calls themselves family doesn't tie you to obligations. "I will do for those that do for me." And though she gave with all her might to all those who she felt needed it, this wasn't a selfish lesson she was trying to teach me. It was a reminder to...
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