Category: Health and Wellness

This Year, Cities Have Got You Covered

This blog post was co-written by Carla Plaza, consultant to NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative. Eight cities are taking bold new steps to increase Medicaid and CHIP enrollment this year. (Getty Images) Yes, it’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about the NFL playoffs or flu season, though.

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Supreme Court Accepts Affordable Care Act Case

Last month, the Supreme Court’s docket went from boring to big with the grant of just one case: King v. Burwell. The issue in this case is whether tax credits for low and middle income health insurance purchasers are available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if insurance is purchased on a federal exchange rather than a

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Cities, Towns and Counties Honored for Let’s Move! Achievements

At a celebratory event at NLC’s Congress of Cities in Austin, NLC honored cities and counties for their leadership and dedication to ending childhood obesity and improving the health of their residents. Local elected officials have a key role to play in ensuring children in their communities reach their full potential and live healthy lives.

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Moms Say Thanks to Mayors for Leadership on Connecting Children and Families to Health Insurance

Cities across the U.S. are making children’s health a local priority and taking an active role in enrolling kids and families in Medicaid and CHIP. Moms have gotten wind of NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative (CEHACF) and are telling mayors “thank you” for taking the lead on enrolling kids and

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Supreme Court Makes Some Superfund Cases Harder to Bring

Has your city even been involved in Superfund litigation either as a plaintiff or a defendant?  Or may your city be involved in such a case in the future?  If so, the Supreme Court decided a case that in some states will shorten the period of time plaintiffs can bring environmental contamination cases. In CTS

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Summer Meals Awareness and Participation Increases Across the Nation

This post was written by Signe Anderson and Kate Sims of the Food Research and Action Center.   Each year, when school comes to a close, millions of low-income children lose access to the school meals they rely on during the academic year. However, last summer marked the first significant increase in the number of

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Summer Vacation Doesn’t Have to be a Break from Healthy Meals for Kids

No matter how many years have passed since you were in school, you probably haven’t forgotten that feeling of anticipation for summer vacation as school winds down for the year. Remember starting to get antsy sitting in class and thinking about sleeping in, homework-free afternoons and the hot summer sun? However, as those familiar with

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Financially Empowering Families by Connecting Them to Medicaid and CHIP

This blog post also appears on MomsRising.org. There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship. City leaders

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Missed the Deadline for Health Insurance Enrollment? Consider Medicaid and CHIP!

Yes, today is the 2014 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace. However, families with low- or moderate-incomes may qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which have no application deadline. This means that even after today, qualifying families may still enroll in Medicaid or CHIP. Medicaid and CHIP are

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Teaming up to Capitalize on Natural Beauty: Knoxville and Knox County, TN

In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the third post in this series, written by  Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, TN and Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County, TN. We’re moving in Knoxville,

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