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[Enotes] New from CT Voices for Children: June 6 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan

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E-Notes
Connecticut Voices for Children
June 6, 2006

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

A.  TAKE ACTION TO PRESERVE THE FEDERAL ESTATE TAX

B.  UPCOMING EVENTS
*  Crossing Borders: Voices staff speak at New Haven Festival of Arts &
Ideas
*  Inventive Views Lecture Series - Register for June 8 Forum on Higher
Education
*  Covering Connecticut's Kids and Families Quarterly Meeting in June

C.  NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES
*  Who Changes Health Plans in HUSKY A and Why: Implications for Enrollment
Lock-In


A.  TAKE ACTION TO PRESERVE THE FEDERAL ESTATE TAX

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the issue of estate tax repeal or
"reform" as early as tomorrow, Wednesday June 7th. Repeal or substantial
modification of the federal estate tax will have far-reaching negative
effects in Connecticut and throughout the nation.  The Coalition for Human
Needs has deemed today, Tuesday, June 6th, as a national call-in day to
preserve the federal estate tax.

Please call Senators Dodd and Lieberman, on the toll-free number provided by
the Coalition for Human Needs (800)-459-1887, and say:

I'm calling about the estate tax and to ask that Senator Dodd / Senator
Lieberman OPPOSE 3 THINGS:

1)     Any cloture motion or other procedural vote to take up estate tax
repeal or reform;
2)     Repeal of the federal estate tax;
3)     Any proposals to "reform" the federal estate tax that substantially
reduce the progressivity of and revenues from the tax, such as Senator Kyl's
proposal.

It is very important that you mention all three items!  Thank you.

For a recent report on IRS estate tax filings, showing that just 2.2% of
those who died in CT in 2003 paid federal estate tax - i.e., just 640 of the
29,627 people who died (a percentage that will decline further as the
exemption increases from $3 million to $4 million in 2006), see:
"How the Federal Estate Tax Affects Connecticut" Citizens for Tax Justice,
available at: http://www.ctj.org/pdf/estct.pdf

For other background on the importance of the estate tax, see:

"Preserving the Federal Estate Tax: Why It Matters for Connecticut"
Connecticut Voices for Children, available at:
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_256.html
"The State of the Estate Tax 2006" The Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities, available at: http://www.cbpp.org/5-31-06tax2.htm
"Estate Tax  'Compromise' with 15 Percent Rate is Little Different Than
Permanent Repeal" The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, available at:
http://www.cbpp.org/5-31-06tax.htm
"Estate Tax: Myths & Realities" The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,
available at: http://www.cbpp.org/pubs/estatetax.htm


B.  UPCOMING EVENTS

1.  Crossing Borders: Voices' staff help launch the International Festival
of Arts & Ideas

This Saturday, Shelley Geballe & Doug Hall of CT Voices will help kick off
the "Ideas" portion of the International Festival of Arts & Idea which runs
for the next two weeks in New Haven (for full Festival schedule, see
http://www.artidea.org/).  Because the Festival features many New
Orleans-based performers who were displaced by Katrina, the "Ideas" portion
of the Festival focuses on themes of migration, social justice and the
rebuilding of vibrant cities.  This "prelude" session will examine some of
the parallels between New Orleans and New Haven and how chronic "storms" of
poverty have historically impacted both cities.  The presenters at this
session, which will include Amy Liu (Deputy Director of the Metropolitan
Policy Project at the Brookings Institution whose recent work has focused on
New Orleans after Katrina) and John Burtula (Chief Administrative Officer
for the City of New Haven, who led New Haven's response to Katrina) will
discuss the themes of human rights, humanitarianism, and home that weave
throughout the Festival's Ideas Program.   The Voices' presentation is based
in part on a report we released last year, "What if a Hurricane Hit
Connecticut? : Reflections on Katrina and the "Chronic Storms" Faced by
Connecticut's Poor."
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_261.html

When: Saturday, June 10, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: New Haven Aldermanic Chambers, City Hall, 165 Church St.

You can find more information on this session here:
http://www.artidea.org/index.cgi/11494?season=2006
(Admission is free; a $35 optional pass will guarantee a seat 15 minutes
before the event begins.)


2.  Inventive Views Lecture Series - Register for Thursday, June 8 speakers

CT Voices for Children invites you to attend the next event in the Inventive
Views lecture series, co-sponsored with the CT Partnership for Strong
Communities.  On Thursday, June 8, Connecticut State University Chancellor
Dr. David Carter, and Wick Sloane, former Chief Financial Officer of the
University of Hawaii, will probe what works and what doesn't to make higher
education attainable and successful for young people without the privilege
of wealth and connections.

A registration form and videos of previous speakers are at:
http://www.ctkidslink.org/inventive.html


3. Covering Connecticut's Kids & Families Quarterly Meeting on June 28

The next Covering Kids & Families Quarterly Meeting will take place on June
28 at the CT Hospital Association at 110 Barnes Rd in Wallingford.
Registration and coffee will be from 8:30 to 9 am, with a meeting from 9 am
to 12 noon.  These free educational meetings are open to any individuals and
organizations interested in helping families enroll in the HUSKY health
insurance program.

The agenda, RSVP form, and directions are on the CT Voices Web site:
http://www.ctkidslink.org/announcement_48.html


C.  NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES


1. Who Changes Health Plans in HUSKY A and Why: Implications for Enrollment
Lock-In

In the HUSKY health insurance program, families can choose among four health
plans and can switch their plans as often as every 30 days.  In an effort to
reduce administrative problems caused by frequent plan switching, the
Department of Social Services plans to "lock in" Medicaid managed care
enrollees into their health plans for a 12-month period, with exceptions for
good cause.  This report finds that the proportion of HUSKY members who
switch health plans has increased steadily over recent years and that most
families who switch do so to gain access to their choice of health care
provider.  The report makes recommendations for the implementation of this
new lock-in policy so that families will not be harmed.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_299.html


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