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Federal Policy Issues

Monday, 27 October 2014 11:53
The direction of our federal government definitely affects children's issues. Become informed and get involved by communicating with your senator or congressman. 
CHIP is good for Utah children, taxpayers
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been reauthorized, but only for the next two years.  Advocates for children cannot become complacent! This op-ed by Voices for Utah Children president and CEO Lincoln Nehring and Meg Booth, director of policy for the Children’s Dental Health Project was originally published in the Deseret News on February 11, 2015 and explains why we need to keep fighting for CHIP: When it comes to health insurance, there is good news and bad news for Utah children. On...
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The Senate has voted to extend CHIP!
Voices for Utah Children thanks Senator Orrin Hatch for his vote to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Today, the Senate voted to reauthorize this successful, bipartisan program that 15,000 Utah kids depend on for health insurance coverage. “When children’s health was on the line, the U.S. Senate stepped up for millions of kids,” said Lincoln Nehring, President of Voices for Utah Children. “Today’s vote demonstrates the overwhelming popularity of CHIP and for getting kids the health care coverage they need...
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Utah celebrates #EqualPayDay
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Voices for Utah Children Applauds House Passage of CHIP
Salt Lake City - Children’s health care advocates in Utah praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for taking action to ensure children in Utah and across the nation continue to get the quality health care coverage they need to succeed. Today’s bipartisan House vote to renew funding for the highly successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will help ensure that kids from low- and moderate-income working families continue to receive the care they need to reach their full potential. CHIP...
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Urge Congress to support Utah Children & Families
This week, a bipartisan bill called the “Doc Fix” or “SGR” is expected to be debated in the House. As this suggests, the bill is intended to fix a funding issue with how Medicare pays providers. But this bill is about so much more than Medicare. It also extends funding for important programs that help low-income Utah families and children: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) – This program provides voluntary home visiting services to low income pregnant women and new...
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Winner of the Utah New Parent Challenge
Congratulations to Utah parent Jessica Anderson, winner of the Utah New Parent Challenge.  Jessica told us that if a baby expert visited her home, she "would love advice on learning to balance a child with a disability, a preschooler, and a newborn." The Utah New Parent Challenge was a crowd-sourced contest to gather ideas from new and expecting parents in Utah and to raise awareness of the availability of evidence-based home visiting for parents in need. Evidence-based home visiting programs, such...
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Sign This Petition to Support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Next week, Congress is poised to begin consideration of its FY2016 Budget Resolution and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, (formerly food stamps) is being targeted.  According the the Food Research and Action Center: "Cutting or changing the structure of SNAP would harm not just millions of the neediest people in our country but would damage states and localities and overwhelm charities that are already unable to meet the need. The bottom line? Our country would see more hunger and poverty,...
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A Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Would Result in Funding Cuts for Children's Programs
HJR7 is a resolution under consideration by the Utah Legislature that would call for a federal Constitutional Convention to consider a balanced budget amendment. It may sound like it's simply sending a message about Utah's support for dealing with the federal debt, but in fact it goes quite a bit further than that.  By calling for an unprecedented Article V constitutional convention, HJR7 would make Utah the 26th state of the 34 required to convene a federal constitutional convention, which...
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