Entries by Children's HealthWatch

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Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba and Megan Sandel Submit Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion of their Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity

On July 23rd, Drs. Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Executive Director, and Megan Sandel, Co-Lead Principal Investigator, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion on behalf of Children’s HealthWatch on their recommendations that the Committee supports a number of bills that will advance equity for children in Massachusetts across the […]

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Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba and Megan Sandel Submit Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in Support of the Evaluation of Governmental Services on Children and Families

On July 23rd, Drs. Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Executive Director, and Megan Sandel, Co-Lead Principal Investigator, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in support of the Senate Bill 135 and House Bill 185, “An Act requiring the evaluation of governmental services on children and families of the Commonwealth.” […]

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Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba and Megan Sandel Submit Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in Support of Closing the SNAP Gap and Expanding Access to MassHealth

On July 23rd, Drs. Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Executive Director, and Megan Sandel, Co-Lead Principal Investigator, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of the Senate Bill 761 and House Bill 1290, “An Act to streamline access to critical public health and safety-net programs through common applications.” By passing this […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities at USDA

On July 15, Children HealthWatch submitted comments to USDA regarding its plan to advance racial justice and equity. We elaborate on ways to identify and eliminate barriers in USDA programs and services, and suggest strategies that would allow USDA to establish and maintain connections to a more diverse set of stakeholders representing underserved communities. Additionally, […]

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The money could transform their lives. But thousands of eligible kids may not get the new child tax credit

Originally posted on the Boston Globe. Local groups are working hard to make the process easier. At their urging, the IRS recently introduced a ”non-filers portal” where people who do not file taxes can register to receive the credit. Even that “could really be simplified,” said Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy strategy at BMC’s Children’s […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Response to OMB Request for Information on Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government

On July 6, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment on the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President’s Request for Information, “Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government” published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2021. We provide supporting materials and respond to Area 1 […]

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‘The effects will linger’: US kids’ long-term health in jeopardy after pandemic schooling

Originally posted on USA Today News. More kids going hungry The pandemic has deprived millions of children of school-related services that normally blunt the harm caused by poverty. From March to May 2020, students missed more than 1.1 billion free or reduced-price meals that would have been provided in school. Children who experience even occasional “food insecurity” […]

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Bipartisan legislation introduced in Senate would address eviction crisis

Originally posted on Financial Regulation News. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation that seeks to reduce the number of evictions in the United States. The Eviction Crisis Act of 2021 – introduced by U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Todd Young (R-IN) – would address the eviction […]