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Each child brings the promise of a healthier, stronger future for Utah. To make good on that promise, Utah needs to make sure children can grow up healthy, from the prenatal period all the way through their teenage years.

Kids need to be able to see a doctor, have good nutrition, opportuni ties to run and play, and get the health care that prevents problems later in life. Communities, families, schools, and child care settings all can help ensure a healthy start.

In April, Voices for Utah Children got the word out about National Immunization Week and Equal Pay Day.
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Research shows Medicaid produces long-term health benefits.
A recent study shows that the benefits of receiving quality prenatal and infant care through Medicaid continue into young adulthood.  The study found that people born between 1979 and 1993 with Medicaid coverage in utero or during infancy had fewer preventable hospitalizations as young adults and were 7% less likely to be obese.  The authors conclude, “Our results indicate that expanding Medicaid prenatal coverage had long-term benefits for the health of the next generation.” (Miller, Sarah Marie and Wherry, Laura...
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More parents choosing not to vaccinate, especially in Utah County
More Utah parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children and so it is not surprising that we are seeing a rise in vaccine-preventable diseases. Utah county is of particular concern because a large number of children reside there and vaccination rates are low. Of Utah County schools, 43% are under-vaccinated.  In comparison, only 14% of schools in Salt Lake County are under-vaccinated. Vaccination is required before Kindergarten and 7th grade, but Utah parents may claim exemptions for personal, medical or religious...
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Children are the losers in Legislature’s earmarking trend
This op-ed, written by Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children, was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on October 10, 2014.   Utah's state budget has been undermined in the last decade by an increase in earmarks — from $42 million in Fiscal Year 2005 to over half a billion dollars in the FY 2015 budget approved by the Utah Legislature earlier this year. These earmarks have risen by almost 1,200 percent and now make up nearly one-fifth of Utah's...
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Healthy Utah would help working parents
This op-ed by Lincoln Nehring of Voices for Utah Children was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on April 23, 2015.   The Utah Legislature is currently considering whether or not to pass legislation to allow Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah or a similar plan to move forward and improve affordable coverage options for parents and other adults in our state. It has been well documented that moving forward with the plan would be good for the state's health care system...
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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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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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