Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has served the state of Nebraska for more than 70 years, providing the very best, safest care for the smallest and sickest among us. Our commitment to children goes beyond the walls of our hospital and clinics and into their everyday lives — to meet the needs and improve the life of every child – through dedication to exceptional clinical care, research, education, and advocacy.
Why Advocacy Matters
Advocacy is a key component of the great work we do at Children’s. It is essential that we strengthen the voice for children, both locally and at the federal level. Most programs critical to children are funded and implemented at the federal level.
All too often, the programs and benefits intended for children are at risk due to budgetary cuts or regulatory changes. Without a strong presence among our political leaders, decisions could be made with unintended consequences.
Our Responsibility to Nebraska’s Children
Guidance from Congress, the Nebraska Legislature, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies, are monitored daily for new regulations. It is our responsibility to connect the dots so that our federal and state leaders can be aware of the bigger picture and make the best decision possible.
The 106th Nebraska legislative session began Jan. 9, 2019. The first year of the term brings with it one large obstacle – passing a balanced budget. For the third year in a row, we begin the session facing a significant deficit.
How We’re Advocating For Children — And How You Can, Too
State Legislators are challenged to find opportunities for tax relief in Nebraska, and often these policies jeopardize how agencies are funded today. As in years before, Children’s will continue to work closely with the legislature to ensure that programs vital to children, not only in the Health and Human Services Committee, are protected.
Join us as we embark on creating a brighter future for generations to come. There are two ways you can join us in advocating for children and families.
Keep informed of the latest child health advocacy news in our community. Join Child Health Champion Network by registering online.
Stay in the know with the latest bills being considered by legislation. Subscribe to our weekly Policy & Government Affairs Updates to receive our full Bill Watch List. By subscribing, you’ll receive our full Bill Watch List of bills that greatly impact Children’s patients and community, straight to your inbox every week.
Meet The Leaders Of The 106th Nebraska Legislature
- Speaker of the Legislature – Senator Jim Scheer (R-Dist. 19, Norfolk)
- Agriculture Committee Chair – Senator Steve Halloran (R-Dist. 33, Hastings)
- Banking, Commerce and Insurance Chair – Senator Matt Williams (R-Dist. 36, Gothenburg)
- Business and Labor Committee Chair – Senator Matt Hansen (R-Dist. 26, Lincoln)
- Committee on Committees Chair – Senator Bob Hilkemann (R-Dist. 4, Omaha)
- Education Chair – Senator Mike Groene (R-Dist. 42, North Platte)
- Executive Board Chair – Senator Mike Hilgers (R-Dist. 21, Lincoln)
- Executive Board Vice Chair – Senator Tony Vargas (D-Dist. 7, Omaha)
- General Affairs Committee Chair – Senator Tom Briese (R- Dist. 41, Albion)
- Government, Military, Veteran Affairs Chair – Senator Tom Brewer (R-Dist. 43, Gordon)
- Health and Human Services Committee Chair – Senator Sara Howard (D-Dist. 9, Omaha)
- Judiciary Committee Chair – Senator Steve Lathrop (D-Dist. 12, LaVista)
- Natural Resources Committee Chair – Senator Dan Hughes (R-Dist. 44, Venango)
- Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee Chair – Senator Mark Kolterman (R-Dist. 24, Seward)
- Revenue Committee Chair – Senator Lou Ann Linehan (R-Dist. 39, Elkhorn)
- Transportation and Telecommunications Chair – Senator Curt Friesen (R-Dist. 34, Henderson)
- Urban Affairs Committee Chair – Senator Justin Wayne (D-Dist. 13, Omaha)
Key Dates For The Nebraska Legislature
- March 14 – Deadline for speaker priority bill requests
- March 19 – Deadline for committee & senator priority bill designations
- March 20 – Speaker priority bills announced
- March 28 – Deadline to complete hearings
- April 2 – Full-day floor debate begins
Advocating For Children’s Health
Our efforts are categorized into the following groups:
Our goal is to create communities that are safe and healthy, and empower families to thrive.
Policy Advocacy & Government Affairs
Our team works hard to advocate for legislation that protects our patients and keeps healthcare affordable. Be part of the movement.
Patient & Family Advocacy
As a parent or caregiver, you are your child's best advocate. At Children's we value your voice and consider you a key part of your child's care team.
Center for the Child & Community
The mission of the Center is to empower and support the health, safety, and wellbeing of every child.