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[Enotes] New from CT Voices for Children: April 4 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan

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E-Notes
Connecticut Voices for Children
April 4, 2006

In this issue of E-Notes, you'll find:

A.  UPCOMING EVENTS
*  Federal budget briefing
*  Youth Spirit Awards postponed, larger celebration planned

B.  NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES
*  The Appropriations Committee's Proposed FY 07 Midterm Budget Adjustments
*  The Estate Tax: An Important Source of Revenue That Makes Connecticut's
Tax System Fairer
*  The Child Care Subsidy Program Policy and Practice: Connecticut Child
Care Providers Identify the Problems
*  HUSKY Health Insurance Program is a Smart Investment
*  Keep It Simple: Reduce Gaps in Children's Health Coverage
*  Keep It Simple: Avoiding Unnecessary Paperwork in HUSKY
*  HUSKY At A Glance
*  Ensuring Health Care Coverage For Youth Who "Age Out" of Foster Care
*  Avoiding Poor Investments in CT's Juvenile Justice System
*  Why Connecticut Should Return Its Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to 16 and
17 Year Olds
*  High Quality Education & Training: A Proven Investment in Connecticut's
Future
*  Addressing Connecticut's Educational Divides: The Key to Success in the
Global Economy
*  Investing in the Early Years: Great Returns over the Short and Long Haul

C.  VIDEO PRESENTATION ON FAMILY ASSETS


A.  UPCOMING EVENTS

1.  Federal budget briefing

New federal budget proposals touch upon the lives of every Connecticut
resident.  CT Voices will provide a briefing on these proposals and the
timing of key Congressional actions.

Topics will include:
*  The FFY 07 U.S. Senate & U.S. House Budget Resolutions
*  Imminent Key Votes
*  The Impact on Connecticut's State Budget & Your Program Areas
*  The Steps Ahead

When: Tuesday, April 11, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:  Legislative Office Building, Room 1A, Hartford
RSVP to Katie McKeon at katiem@ctki... or (203) 498-4240.


2.  Youth Spirit Awards postponed, larger celebration planned

The 10th Annual Youth Spirit Awards have been postponed until this fall.
This will enable CT Voices to combine our annual Youth Spirit Awards (for
youth) and our annual First for Kids Awards (for adults) with a 10th
anniversary celebration for CT Voices!  Thank you to those who submitted
nominations for the Youth Spirit Awards - we will use these nominations for
this year's event.

We will keep you posted on plans for our combined exciting celebration and
send a "save the date" notice when it is scheduled!



B.  NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES

1.  The Appropriations Committee's Proposed FY 07 Midterm Budget Adjustments


This report summarizes the Appropriations Committee's proposed revisions to
the FY 07 budget, highlighting areas in which the Committee concurs with the
changes proposed by the Governor for FY 07, and where its budget diverges.
It also places both budgets in some historical context, highlighting in
particular the agency budgets that would remain less in FY 07 than in FY 02,
under both proposed revisions.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_295.html

2.  The Estate Tax: An Important Source of Revenue That Makes Connecticut's
Tax System Fairer

The Connecticut estate tax has existed for decades and affects only a small
portion of Connecticut' families.  However, it generates considerable
revenue for the state and helps to reduce the overall regressivity of total
state and local taxes.  This brief answers some common questions about the
estate tax.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_223.html

3.  The Child Care Subsidy Program Policy and Practice: Connecticut Child
Care Providers Identify the Problems

This brief reviews problems with the state's Care 4 Kids child care subsidy
program that are identified by child care providers, including eligibility
and enrollment of families, timely payment, and rates of payment to
providers. Several recommendations are made to improve the enrollment and
payment process and to ensure that payments are sufficient and made in a
timely and reliable manner.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_294.html

4. HUSKY Health Insurance Program is a Smart Investment

This brief highlights the benefits of the HUSKY program to Connecticut
families and the state as a whole. It also makes recommendations for
improving the program.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_184.html

5.  Keep It Simple: Reduce Gaps in Children's Health Coverage

Before it was eliminated in 2003, "continuous eligibility" allowed children
to remain eligible for HUSKY for up to one year after enrollment or renewal,
regardless of any changes in income or family structure that would otherwise
have made them ineligible. Reinstating continuous eligibility could decrease
administrative costs, increase provider satisfaction and prevent
interruptions in children's health care.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_225.html

6.  Keep It Simple: Avoiding Unnecessary Paperwork in HUSKY

The Fiscal Year 2006 state budget eliminated simplified electronic
verification of income, known as "self-declaration of income, for the HUSKY
health insurance program. Since July 2005, 10,000 fewer individuals are
enrolled in HUSKY A. A significant portion of this major decline in
enrollment is due to the loss of electronic verification, which makes it
more difficult for eligible families to enroll in HUSKY.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_226.html

7. HUSKY At A Glance

HUSKY A provides health care coverage for more than 300,000 children,
parents, pregnant women, and relative caregivers in Connecticut.  This brief
provides an overview of HUSKY, who it covers, and how it is a smart
investment for the state.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_194.html

8. Ensuring Health Care Coverage For Youth Who "Age Out" of Foster Care

Connecticut recently expanded eligibility for its HUSKY A (Medicaid) program
to provide health care coverage to youth who age out of foster care at age
18. These youth remain eligible for Medicaid until their 21st birthday. This
was an important step, but more outreach and enrollment assistance is needed
to enroll the youth who aged out of state care before this expansion in
eligibility, and who remain eligible.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_292.html

9. Avoiding Poor Investments in CT's Juvenile Justice System

An outline of ways in which the state can improve its juvenile justice
system: by returning juvenile court jurisdiction to include 16 and 17 year
olds; replacing the CT Juvenile Training School with small, community-based
programs that are more home-like and accessible to families; eliminating
racial and ethnic bias; meeting mental health needs of youth; choosing less
restrictive placements; responding to the needs of girls; and providing more
age-appropriate and specialized services.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_188.html

10. Why Connecticut Should Return Its Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to Cover
16 and 17 Year Olds

Connecticut is one of only three states that treat 16 and 17 year olds as
"adults" in its criminal justice system.  Treating these youth as adult
offenders tends to increase recidivism, harm youthful offenders, and cost
the state more money.  This brief argues that the state should return its
juvenile court jurisdiction to 16 and 17 year olds.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_167.html

11. High Quality Education & Training: A Proven Investment in Connecticut's
Future

This brief describes the benefits of investments in education and training,
including increased earning potential and employment, reduced dependence on
public assistance, and better health status. However, CT ranks second to
last among all states in state and local spending on education as a share of
total personal income. The brief makes recommendations for more adequate
investments in education.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_182.html

12.  Addressing Connecticut's Educational Divides: The Key to Success in the
Global Economy

This summary of data on K-12 and higher education in Connecticut identifies
challenges for the state's educational system and economic competitiveness,
including educational disparities, changing demographics, the loss of the
young adult population, and the state's slipping lead in higher education
achievement.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_232.html

13.  Investing in the Early Years: Great Returns over the Short and Long
Haul

This fact sheet outlines the benefits of quality early care in terms of
children's development and support for working families. It also makes
recommendations for improving quality and expanding access to early care.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_181.html


C.  VIDEO PRESENTATION ON FAMILY ASSETS

CT Voices for Children has begun using an exciting new tool that enables us
to deliver PowerPoint presentations over the Web with audio narration.  To
try our first installment, visit our Video Library page and view the
presentation for our Family Assets Scorecard report.  This report found that
while Connecticut ranks among the top states on measures on net family worth
and educational achievement, disparities in family assets on the basis of
race, income, and gender threaten Connecticut's economic strength and
quality of life.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/video.html


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