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Legislative Update

from National FV: CHIP Funding As reported in the  October 12 Update , both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee have approved very similar bills to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for an additional five years (through 2022). For more details on both bills, see the  October 6  special edition of the Washington Update . In the House, the CHIP bill (HEALTHY KIDS Act) subsequently was combined with the CHAMPION Act, which includes an extension of funding for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) (more below) to create the ''Continuing Community Health And Medical Professional Programs to Improve Our Nation, Increase National Gains, and Help Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act of 2017.'' The bill was passed by the House on November 3, along mostly partisan lines. Although Democrats agree with the poli

Policy Update

from Indiana Assn of United Ways: Advocate for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit in tax reform The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) promote work and fight poverty.  The EITC makes an important difference in the lives of 26 million working families across the country and about 550,000 Hoosiers. It helps by allowing them to keep more of what they earn, bringing back $64 billion to main street economies and communities, for basics like transportation, groceries, and childcare.  Unless Congress acts, 7.5 million workers will be left behind in tax reform. That's how many taxpayers are shut out from this pro-work, anti-poverty tax credit-because they aren't raising children at home. This includes taxpayers like non-custodial parents that still contribute to child expenses, veterans and young workers paying their way through school.  Tell Congress  to stand up for all working Americans, and expand the EITC and low-income CTC. C

Public Comment: Diplomas

Indiana’s Waiver Request Regarding Inclusion of All Indiana High School Diplomas in Graduation Rate Calculations We believe that the difference between the State’s and the new federal definition of a “regular high school diploma” will negatively impact Indiana’s published graduation rates, misidentify schools as needing comprehensive support, and create unnecessary confusion and mistrust of our accountability systems. Therefore, the IDOE is seeking a waiver from the federal definition that precludes students who obtain a general diploma from counting in our graduation rates.  Comments voicing your agreement or disapproval of this waiver request are being solicited from stakeholders. Our request is available for your review and your input must be submitted and received by December 2 nd  for inclusion in Indiana’s waiver request. We urge your consideration, feedback and timely response. Download the Waiver Request Waiver Request November 2 Leave a COMMENT HERE:

10 Strategies for Finding Nurses

There are thousands of children across the United States who have been approved to receive home nursing care hours. But all too often many hours go unfulfilled, because nurses simply cannot be found to fill the hours. The reasons for unfilled shifts are numerous—just a few of them include low pay, poor benefits, challenging systems, nurse discomfort working without backup, and poor training. It is possible, however, to improve your odds and fill some of your shifts. This article will provide ten very different strategies for finding nurses that will hopefully work for your family. Some are easy and some require longterm systemic change, but all have the power to get you more nurses. 1. WRITE YOUR OWN ADS. Even if you are required to use a nursing agency, you can recruit your own nurses for the agency. Nursing agencies often do place ads for specific cases, but they often read like this real ad I found on a classified website, edited to remove identifying info: ****RN's u