News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – August 2015

In this August edition of “Appleseed in Action”:

  • Celebrating Medicaid’s 50th birthday
  • Improving access to children’s behavioral health treatment
  • New Americans share their stories at World Refugee Day
  • Introducing 2015 Good Apple Awards honorees
  • Appleseed is hiring Fall interns
  • Meet our 2015 Summer Law Clerks and Interns

Celebrating Medicaid on its 50th Birthday

DSC01637One of the cornerstones of our American health care system reached a big milestone when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Medicaid program on July 30. Every year, Medicaid coverage allows thousands of Nebraska children to have a healthy start in life, and it lets many of our seniors and people with disabilities live more full and independent lives.

We thought this occasion was worth celebrating, so on July 28, Appleseed hosted a “Happy 50th” birthday party for Medicaid at the Center For People In Need.

With cake, balloons, and party hats, we celebrated 50 years of lives saved by Medicaid, and encouraged people to tell our leaders how important it is to protect and strengthen Medicaid for the future.

See a full photo album from Medicaid’s 50th Birthday Party

Improving access to children’s behavioral health treatment

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Legal-128Last month, we told you about a significant legal victory (K.D. & S.L. v. Winterer) that will improve Medicaid coverage of behavioral health treatments for Nebraska children with autism.

On July 30, the decision became final when the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced it would not appeal the Lancaster County District Court ruling.

“We now look forward to swift and complete implementation of the court’s decision so that children with serious behavioral needs can get the important services they need,” Appleseed child welfare attorney Robert McEwen told the Omaha World-Herald.

New Americans share their stories at World Refugee Day

Meeting neighbors, finding shared values, and learning about the vibrant cultures of all of the people who are proud to call Nebraska home is exciting and can help us to overcome what often divides us.

This year’s World Refugee Day celebration in Omaha gave Nebraskans the chance to hear first-hand experiences from new Nebraskans who escaped danger in their home countries, but now have high hopes for the future in our state.

Click here to read more and to see a list of summer cultural events and festivals across the state.

Introducing the 2015 Good Apple Awards honorees

GAA2015FBbannerSave the date for Thursday, October 22 for the Good Apple Awards – Appleseed’s annual reception honoring outstanding individuals who stand up for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans!

We’re excited to announce this year’s honorees:

Frank LaMere

Frank LaMere

Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award

Sara Howard

Sen. Sara Howard

Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award

Unity in Action

Unity in Action

Roots of Justice Award

Follow our Good Apple Awards Facebook page for updates about this year’s event!

Appleseed is looking for Interns for the Fall Semester

DSCN1973Appleseed is now hiring interns for the Fall Semester! Our Internship Program is a hands-on way to gain experience with policy and grassroots advocacy work in Nebraska.

Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

If you know someone who may be interested in being an Appleseed intern, they can click here to learn more and apply to join our team and fight for justice and opportunity for all!

Meet our 2015 Summer Law Clerks and Interns

We wanted to continue introducing you to the bright and talented law clerks and interns who chose to spend their summer working with Appleseed.

These energetic young advocates have been creative and enthusiastic in their approach to helping us fight for justice and opportunity for all, and we are grateful to benefit from their experiences and skills.

Meet Taryn Zastrow

Meet Nelly Greenberg

Meet Federico Vicente

Meet Lee Kreimer

Meet Ashley Kunz

Meet David Pontier

Meet John Beutler

Meet Anna Grossman

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