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Children's Budget - New Resource Looks At How We Meet Health, Other Kids Needs

Children's Budget - New Resource Looks At How We Meet Health, Other Kids Needs

March 5, 2013

Guest post by Nancy Wagman,  Kids Count Project Director at The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

Children's Budget
One of the most important things we do through our government is help children grow and thrive. We build schools to educate them; we provide housing and food assistance; and we help ensure that all children have access to quality health care. MassBudget's new Children's Budget provides information and analysis of the many programs in the Massachusetts state budget which affect children--including children's health. Using the Children's Budget you can get descriptions and funding information for programs specifically designed for children, like the Newborn Hearing Screening Program, as well as broader programs that affect adults as well but that are nevertheless essential for kids, such as MassHealth Managed Care. Beyond that, you can look at all programs in a particular area, like Prevention & Wellness or Maternal & Early Childhood Health. And you can use our "Common Threads" feature to see Mental Health programs that are otherwise spread across the budget and among disparate departments. To present a fuller, more accurate picture of spending over time, the Children's Budget brings together funding information for interconnected programs. School-Based Health Programs, for instance, includes not only funding for the current line item (4590-0250) but a number of other line items once used for school-based health. If you want to know what we do through government to support Children's Health in Massachusetts, visit the Children's Budget, use it, and share it with friends. As we work to ensure that the Children's Budget remains the most up-to-date, useful resource on children's programs in Massachusetts, we will be expanding our inclusion of "Expert Commentary"--which can include thoughts and research on any programs in the Chidlren's Budget. If you are an expert in one of these areas, or you know someone who is, plesae contact me at: nwagman@massbudget.org. Health Care for All helped us gather information for the Children's Budget, and I thank them for that--much as I thank them for this opportunity to share the Children's Budget with you. The Children's Budget is part of MassBudget's KIDS COUNT initiative and was generously supported by Boston Children's Hospital and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Nancy Wagman is the Kids Count Project Director at The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center