ERIC Number: ED462136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Campaign To Reduce Child Poverty. Progress Report [and] Policy Briefs 1-5.
New Mexico Advocates for Children & Families, Albuquerque.
This document is comprised of a progress report and five policy briefs related to the New Mexico Advocates for Children and Families' Campaign To Reduce Child Poverty. This multi-year initiative educates the public and policymakers about child poverty and promotes public policy changes that would reduce poverty. The progress report presents information on the incidence of child poverty in New Mexico, describes the negative outcomes of poverty for children, summarizes five policy briefs published as of September 2001, and discusses their impact on policy. Policy Brief1, "Expanding the Low Income Comprehensive Tax Rebate," discusses a proposal to expand the state's low income comprehensive tax rebate to poor and working poor families as a cost-effective strategy to reduce child poverty. Policy Brief2, "Mail-In Medicaid Enrollment," presents ways to reduce barriers to health insurance for New Mexico's low-income children and shows that existing policies pave the way for mail-in Medicaid enrollment. Policy Brief3, "Enhancing the Benefits of Tax Rebates and Credits," suggests that the state enact legislation which would cap the interest rate for "rapid refund" loans, thereby reducing the earned income credit to which they were entitled. Policy Brief4, "Medicaid Look Back Periods are Barriers to Health Insurance for Children," examines the wisdom of the "look back" policy forcing families to have their children uninsured for 12 months to take advantage of free health insurance through the state and recommends eliminating the look back period. Policy Brief5,"Insuring Parents Improves Health Outcomes for Children," investigates utilization of preventative healthcare by insured children in New Mexico, shows that parents who obtain preventative care for themselves were more likely to obtain similar care for their children, and concluded that public policy targeting parental access to and utilization of healthcare could increase preventative care for children by increasing the ability of families to obtain care. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Children, Enrollment, Health Insurance, Parents, Poverty, Public Policy, Tax Credits
New Mexico Advocates for Children and Families, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666. Tel: 505-244-9505; Fax: 505-244-9509; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.nmadvocates.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Advocates for Children & Families, Albuquerque.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico