Streamlining the Medicaid Program: A win-win for Nebraska

For over fifty years, Medicaid has provided health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Nebraskans, helping children in Nebraska succeed in school and keeping the state’s communities healthy. Medicaid not only supports the health and well-being of Nebraskans, it also supports Nebraska’s workforce, health systems, and economy.  When people have access to health care through Medicaid, they are… Read more →

Cracking the Codes

REGISTER TODAY – Training & Conversation on Race Equity Nov 16 & 18

Nebraska Is Home is excited to introduce a virtual learning and engagement opportunity that will help you progress toward your equity and inclusion goals! We invite you to join us for a training and conversation using powerful tools that you can continue to use in your work. Come together with other Law Enforcement, Local Government Officials, Educators, and Community Leaders… Read more →

Opportunity

Lessons in Unemployment Insurance from the Pandemic

As the coronavirus laid bare the inequalities in our community, unemployment insurance has become a critical resource. Unemployment insurance, also known as unemployment benefits, provides cash benefits to eligible workers that lose employment through no fault of their own. Changes to unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 When the pandemic began, adjustments were made to the unemployment insurance program to better… Read more →

Medicaid

How Nebraska’s Unnecessary and Complicated Medicaid Expansion Waiver Works

Nebraskans’ votes should be honored. Two years ago, in November of 2018, Nebraskans voted for Medicaid expansion to provide health care coverage to thousands of our family members, friends, and neighbors. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) delayed implementing the program, keeping more than 90,000 Nebraskans from accessing lifesaving Medicaid coverage. This October, eligible Nebraskans were finally… Read more →

SNAP

RELASE: After over 1000 Nebraskans sign petition, Governor Ricketts plans to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, November 5, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  After over 1000 Nebraskans sign petition, Governor Ricketts plans to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments Lincoln, NE — Today, Governor Ricketts announced Nebraska will be extending Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments to eligible SNAP participants in November. Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice… Read more →

Nebraska took strides to end predatory lending and advance racial justice

Over the course of the last several months, including yesterday, Nebraska has seen tremendous enthusiasm and engagement in the 2020 election. As of this morning, more than 73 percent of registered voters cast their vote. That means nearly 1 million voters engaged in the electoral process, with high voter turnout rates from Douglas to Scottsbluff Counties and every community in… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: Every tenant has a story to share, by Alan Dugger

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards.  During #celebrateprobono week, we’re proud to spotlight the Tenant Assistance Project, a collaborative effort between the City of Lincoln, the Nebraska State Bar Association, and community organizations to assist those made… Read more →

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace Starts November 1

Nebraskans can still access free and local assistance during COVID-19 pandemic This is a guest blog post from Marissa Morales, Health Care Access Program Intern The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted thousands of Nebraskans, including many who have lost their health insurance coverage through their jobs. The Health Insurance Marketplace will offer coverage to eligible Nebraskans during the Open Enrollment Period… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Megan Hamann, Economic Justice community organizer

Megan Hamann is our new Economic Justice Community Organizer focused on food and nutrition access! Megan’s pronouns are she/her/hers. In her role she is working on food security in Nebraska, working directly with people who have limited access to nutritious food to advocate for meaningful change across Nebraska. Megan is completing her Global Studies Major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: Tenant Assistance Project is helping our neighbors made vulnerable by housing insecurity

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards. During #celebrateprobono week, we’re proud to spotlight the Tenant Assistance Project, a collaborative effort between the City of Lincoln, the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the UNL Civil… Read more →

Nebraska Work with Arts and Immigrants featured in National Report

Nebraska is Home is celebrated in Bridging Divides, Creating Community: Arts, Culture, and Immigration, a new publication highlighting the power that creative placemaking holds in creating an America where everyone can belong and thrive. The report explores how arts and artists, writers, musicians, and performers have long been and may increasingly be partners in helping to achieve community development goals.… Read more →

Families Belong Together

Raise your voice against family separation and abuses in detention

When families flee persecution and violence, children should remain with their parents. Women, children, and families should have secure access to medical care, food, water, and sanitary equipment. Treating people with respect and dignity should be a given. Instead, we continue to witness a horrific and continued pattern of family separation and abuse in immigration detention facilities across the country.… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: “This place could use more Storytellers” by Dawaune Lamont Hayes

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards. This week, we’re excited to spotlight NOISE (North Omaha Information Support Everyone), a community-led news organization keeping neighbors informed and engaged with storytelling as vibrant as the area itself. We’re honored… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: NOISE is lifting every voice with storytelling for the people, by the people

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards. This week, we’re excited to spotlight NOISE (North Omaha Information Support Everyone), a community-led news organization keeping neighbors informed and engaged with storytelling as vibrant as the area itself. For the… Read more →

SNAP petition signers

RELEASE: More than 1,200 Nebraskans Urge Governor Ricketts to Extend SNAP Emergency Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, October 21, 2020 For questions about SNAP, contact:  Eric Savaiano Economic Justice Program Manager, Food and Nutrition Access O: (402) 438-8853 x 126 esavaiano@neappleseed.org Media contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org More than 1,200 Nebraskans Urge Governor Ricketts to Extend SNAP Emergency Allotments Representing 106 communities, Nebraskans express grave concerns, causing… Read more →

STATEMENT: Appleseed responds to complicated Medicaid expansion waiver approval

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Federal Approval of Medicaid Expansion Waiver Nebraska does not need a complicated waiver system that makes it harder for Nebraskans to access health care Lincoln, NE — Today, Governor Ricketts announced the federal approval of the Section 1115… Read more →

Black Leaders Movement

Good Apple Awards: Black Leaders Movement and their march toward equality

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards. This week, Appleseed is proud to spotlight Black Leaders Movement. They are igniting the fight for justice and equality with dedicated activism and bold ideas, and by forging new alliances and… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Child Welfare Program Coordinator Cornelius Levering

Help us welcome Cornelius Levering to the Appleseed team! Cornelius’ pronouns are he/him/his. As the Child Welfare Program Coordinator, he works with grassroots leaders and key community partners to promote positive change and better policies to ensure children and families navigating Nebraska’s child welfare system receive the resources they need to strengthen families. “I look forward to advocating for policies… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: “We know no other life than advocacy,” by Nhu-Y Ngo, The Children of Smithfield

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards.  This week, Appleseed is proud to spotlight The Children of Smithfield. A group of young leaders in Nebraska whose parents and loved ones work in meatpacking plants, their mission is to… Read more →

“Our Heroes Wear Aprons”: Cheering On Nebraska School Nutrition Professionals during National School Lunch Week

FUNDING ALERT: No Kid Hungry and Nebraska Appleseed are offering grants of up to $50,000 to Nebraska school nutrition programs making adaptations because of COVID-19 now through December 2020. View the RFP and apply today! Across Nebraska, children are benefiting from school nutrition professionals’ hard work to expand food access for students. During this National School Lunch week (October 12-16),… Read more →

Meet Appleseed’s 2020 Fall Interns and Law Clerks

Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to work with bright, talented, and dedicated interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Although we have had to adjust the way we work during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to have interns and clerks join our team from across the nation! Meet some of… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: The Children of Smithfield and their journey fighting for meatpacking workers and their families

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards.  This week, Appleseed is proud to spotlight The Children of Smithfield. A group of young leaders in Nebraska whose parents and loved ones work in meatpacking plants, their mission is to… Read more →