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[Enotes] CT Voices' February 8 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan


Connecticut Voices for Children
February 8, 2007

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

*  Governor's Proposed Budget Compared to Previous Years
*  Do the Math: Why the Child Care Equation Does Not Add Up
*  Asthma and Asthma-Related Health Care For Children Enrolled in HUSKY A:


1.  Governor's Proposed Budget Compared to Previous Years

Connecticut Voices for Children has created spreadsheets that summarize
changes in funding over time in key agencies and programs serving children
and families. These summary sheets compare the Governor's proposed Fiscal
Year 2008 to funding in previous years and to the Current Services Budget
(funding that would be needed to maintain current levels of service).
Budget summaries for additional agencies will be added over the course of
the day today (Thursday).  The page also has links to the Governor's budget
address, her Budget Summary and other background materials on the budget the
Governor presented to the General Assembly yesterday.

2.  Do the Math: Why the Child Care Equation Does Not Add Up

This fact sheet provides recent data on the cost and availability of child
care in Connecticut. The information presented highlights why, despite a
decade of discussion about the importance of high quality early care, it is
so difficult to provide affordable quality child care that is accessible to
all Connecticut families.  For example,
* DSS's child care spending dropped from $156 million in 1999 to $96 million
in 2005.  Funding increases in School Readiness and other early care
programs do not make up for these cuts in revenues.
* The FY 07 DSS budget for Care4Kids is 41% less than actual spending on
Care4Kids in FY 02.
*  Between 1999 and 2005, the number of licensed child care spaces in
Connecticut declined by 12%.

3.  Asthma and Asthma-Related Health Care For Children Enrolled in HUSKY A:

This report finds that one out of five children (19.6%) who were
continuously enrolled in HUSKY A in 2005 received health care for a primary
diagnosis of asthma or a prescription for asthma. The prevalence of asthma
was higher among male children, children aged 5 years or younger, Hispanic
children, and children living in Bridgeport, Hartford, and towns other than
New Haven. Only about one in four (24%) children who had emergency care for
asthma in 2005 received follow-up care within 2 weeks of the visit, as
recommended, and over half (55%) of children hospitalized for asthma were
seen in the 2 weeks following discharge. Most (72%) but not all children
with persistent asthma received appropriate medications for long-term
control of symptoms.

Connecticut Voices for Children
33 Whitney Ave
New Haven CT 06511
(203) 498-4240

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