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Unmet Needs: Critics Cite Failures in Health Care for Vulnerable Foster Children

by Andy Miller and Rebecca Grapevine January 25, 2023 One night last month, a 9-year-old boy who had autism and talked about killing himself was among about 70 foster care children and youth under state supervision sleeping in hotels across Georgia. Georgia’s designated health insurer for foster care, Amerigroup Community…

Children and Journalists

So, about Louisiana’s children and journalists who write about their unmet needs. As an advocate for children, I am also an avid supporter of journalists who give children and their needs the attention they deserve. Don’t you see, Louisiana’s children need the proverbial “power of the pen” on their side.…

Endings are Complicated

Endings are complicated. Typing was once a more physical experience. Each page of paper was inserted and rolled around a platen. Each keypress was a levered, mechanical event. With each inked letter impressed on the paper, a third of the typewriter’s mass, the part called “the carriage,” would move one…

Happy New Year, 2022!

I am thinking this evening about the transition we will all soon make into 2022. Whatever is behind us – and there is much – we now say to each other, “Happy New Year, 2022!” “Happy New Year” is about the future. Saying, “Have a Happy New Year” expresses our…

Your Ache is Your Prayer

“Your ache is also your prayer.” Your ache is your prayer. This was on my mind when I woke today. Jesus taught that prayer is a personal experience each of us has with the One who made us. Anyone can pray because prayer is literally your experience with God. There…

Yes, “Someone pays.”

This morning I read a Twitter post about the success of Medicaid expansion which reported that 97% of Louisiana’s children now have some form of health insurance coverage. In a state with the dubious distinction of holding the average position of 49th for 29 years when ranked for child well-being,…

the good old boys

I love this photograph. The lady on the left, Mrs. Prescilla Dean Fordham, was my great great great grandmother. I think of her sons as the good old boys. Seated beside her is her son Dennis, my great great grandfather. Of course, his three brothers seated to the right of…

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