Tag: COVID-19

Health Insurance in the Pandemic: Get Covered. Stay Covered.

Now, more than ever, everyone in our state needs affordable, quality health insurance. During this difficult time, it is vital that all Nebraskans know some of the coverage options available. Getting and Staying Covered If eligible, you may be able to enroll in Marketplace or Medicaid insurance. Marketplace Insurance: If you lose your coverage, your household income changes, or you… Read more →

El cheque de ayuda económica: Apoyo directo en tiempos difíciles

¿Quién es elegible para el cheque de ayuda económica? La elegibilidad depende de los ingresos y de otros elementos como estatus migratorio. Los individuos que ganaron hasta $75,000 por año y los casados que hacen impuestos juntos quien ganaron hasta $150,000 por año son elegibles. Si quieres saber si eres elegible o cuánto dinero vas a recibir, el IRS ha… Read more →

Take Action: COVID-19 protections for immigrant families

All people need access to critical supports and services during a crisis. The CARES Act was an important step to help communities in need during the pandemic, yet many immigrant families were excluded from this relief package. Congress returns from recess on May 4th, but members are working now on the next coronavirus bill package. We are all in this… Read more →

Economic impact payments: Direct cash support in hard times

At the end of March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which among other things created “economic impact payments” for eligible individuals. These are cash payments directly to those who are eligible, that can be used for food, rent, health care or any other need. Who is eligible for economic impact payments? Eligibility for the payment depends on income and other… Read more →

Weekly Update: Essential Nebraskans need essential protections at work

Nebraska Appleseed’s Weekly Update Over the past month, the focus of our weekly Legislative Update has pivoted to provide timely updates about the many policy changes happening to help communities amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the rapid changes happening each week, and our newsletter’s broadening scope, we decided to pause our normal Legislative Update and instead send a Weekly Update… Read more →

RELEASE: Delay of complex waiver provisions bolsters case to start Medicaid expansion now

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, April 10, 2020 Contact: Molly McCleery Health Care Access Program Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (641) 891-7201 mmccleery@neappleseed.org  Delay of complex waiver provisions bolsters case to start Medicaid expansion now LINCOLN—Today, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced changes to how they are moving forward with Medicaid Expansion implementation. In response, Molly McCleery, Health Care… Read more →

Los beneficios del desempleo: Un apoyo para la gente de Nebraska durante momentos difíciles

Los beneficios del desempleo: Un apoyo para la gente de Nebraska durante momentos difíciles La pandemia del Coronavirus está afectando nuestras vidas de muchas maneras, incluyendo el desafío de mantener el empleo. La semana pasada, el Departamento de Labor de Nebraska anunció que más de 25.000 personas de Nebraska habían solicitado  beneficios de desempleo. Es afortunado que nuestros líderes hayan… Read more →

Unemployment Benefits: A lifeline for Nebraskans struggling in hard times

Unemployment benefits: A lifeline for Nebraskans struggling in hard times The Coronavirus pandemic is impacting Nebraskans’ lives in many ways, not least of which is the challenge in maintaining employment. Last week, the Nebraska Department of Labor revealed more than 25,000 Nebraskans had filed for unemployment benefits. It is fortunate that our leaders have taken action at the state and… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed applauds Governor for maximizing SNAP; Additional programs recommended

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Governor Ricketts maximizes SNAP to help Nebraska families during the COVID-19 pandemic Nebraska Appleseed recommends implementing additional programs available to Nebraska Lincoln, NE — On Tuesday, April 7, Nebraska Governor Ricketts announced temporary changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that… Read more →

RELEASE: Kids and families can find meals through text service

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, April 3, 2020 Contact  Eric Savaiano Senior Program Coordinator, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext. 126 E: esavaiano@neappleseed.org Kids and families can find meals through text service Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska Lincoln, NE — The COVID-19 virus has forced all of Nebraska 244 school districts to close for the foreseeable future,… Read more →

What You Need to Know About Eviction Moratoriums in Nebraska

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout our communities, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that everyone has a safe, stable place to call home. And even absent the COVID-19 pandemic, evictions are already hugely destabilizing events that displace tenants and often result in homelessness. Through a series of statewide and federal actions, certain protections against evictions are being… Read more →

Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska

School meals available for children and families Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska The COVID-19 virus has forced all of Nebraska 244 school districts to close for the foreseeable future, but it has not stopped the heroic efforts of school personnel to feed students. Grab and Go Below is a list of known communities that are offering… Read more →

COVID-19 Resources for Older Youth in the Child Welfare System

COVID-19 Resources for Families and Older Youth in the Child Welfare System While there are many concerns to be addressed during this unprecedented time for families at risk of entering the child welfare system as well as those already system-involved, there are resources available for young people who have aged out of the foster care system in Nebraska.  The Children’s… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Advocates Urge Action to Protect the Health and Safety of all Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, March 20, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Advocates Urge Action to Protect the Health and Safety of all Nebraskans Our state leaders must take immediate steps in this time of uncertainty Lincoln, NE—On Friday, Nebraska advocacy organizations and leaders sent a letter to Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts outlining… Read more →

Take Action: Support paid sick and family leave that protects all Americans

Last week, the House passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to address the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. This legislation focused on supporting families as we all prioritize the safety and well-being of our communities across the state by including paid sick and family leave, expanding unemployment insurance, food assistance, increased Medicaid funding, and free COVID-19… Read more →

Our Efforts to Keep Communities Safe and Engaged in Response to the Coronavirus

As we all do our part to help keep our communities safe as the situation unfolds, we wanted to share with you Nebraska Appleseed’s plan for how we are adapting our work. Our office in Lincoln will be closed until further notice. However, our staff will be working remotely and continuing our advocacy for the policies we need in this… Read more →

Take Action: Put the safety and well-being of our communities first.

The safety and well-being of our communities is top priority. We need compassionate policies that support Nebraska families and children. As the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are identified across our state and the nation, Nebraska Appleseed emphasizes the need for compassionate and comprehensive policies that prioritize the safety and well-being of our communities across our state. We are only… Read more →

STATEMENT: Start Medicaid expansion to combat the spread of Coronavirus

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, March 13, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Start Medicaid expansion to combat the spread of Coronavirus Lincoln, NE –Today, Nebraska Governor Ricketts, as part of his address on the Coronavirus situation unfolding across the state, dismissed press questions about Nebraska’s current lack of Medicaid… Read more →