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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.

New Report on States’ Oversight of Health Plan Network Adequacy
The consumer representatives to the National Association of Insurance Commissioner released a report on state approaches to regulating and monitoring the adequacy of health plan provider networks. The report, made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, summarizes the results of a survey sent to Departments of Insurance (DOIs) in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Of those, 38 DOIs completed the surveys. The 38 states responding represent widely varying demographics, geographies, and...
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More Utah Children Are Insured, But State Still Lags Behind Rest of Country
Gains will be lost if Congress doesn’t reauthorize CHIP; Hispanic children are being left behind.   Salt Lake City – A new report by a Georgetown University research center found the number of uninsured children in Utah declined by 21 percent between 2008 and 2013.    The report attributes the lower numbers of uninsured children to the success of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. However, funding for CHIP will run out in September 2015 if Congress does not pass legislation to extend funding. ...
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Setting the Record Straight: 5 Reasons to Support the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan
The Healthy Utah plan would bring federal tax dollars back to Utah to provide health coverage to low-income, working, uninsured Utahns. Although the Healthy Utah plan would save lives and provide a much-needed economic stimulus to the state, an anonymous group has been distributing misinformation about the Healthy Utah plan through mailers and advertisements. Don’t be fooled! Here are the facts: 1. Healthy Utah would reduce crime and save taxpayers money. Healthy Utah will reduce recidivism and save the state millions....
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First Focus Campaign for Children recognizes Sen. Hatch as a Defender of Children
Voices for Utah Children congratulates Senator Orrin Hatch for his selection by First Focus as a 2014 Defender of Children. This award comes at a crucial time for children's health, as CHIP, a program initiated by Hatch, may expire within the next year if Congress doesn't act. This article by Voices for Utah Children CEO and president Karen Crompton and and Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus Campaign for Children, was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune: Hatch deserves praise for long...
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What in the world is an unfunded earmark, and what does it have to do with you?
Utah’s state budget  has been undermined due to a nearly 1200% increase in General Fund earmarks during the past decade. Earmarking ties policymakers’ hands so they can’t adapt the budget to the evolving needs of the state’s ever-growing and ever-changing economy and population. And these are "unfunded" earmarks, meaning that they do not come with a new funding source, even though they go to meet newly identified investment needs, primarily in transportation. Because they are unfunded, these earmarks divert resources...
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A Two-Generation Strategy: Healthy Parents and Healthy Kids
Healthy and financially secure families are critical in helping end the cycle of intergenerational poverty. However, low-income families struggle to obtain health coverage that can provide the access to care and the financial protection that they need. While the vast majority of low-income families with children have at least one full-time worker, most do not qualify, or cannot afford, employer or individual market health insurance plans. Public health coverage programs can equally be out of reach. In most states, Medicaid and...
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The (Not) Complex Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Healthy Utah Plan
On August 28 2014, economist Sven Wilson testified before the Utah Legislature's Health Reform Task Force about the complex question of whether the economic benefits of Healthy Utah outweigh the costs.  Showing a chart of costs and benefits with benefits marked in green and costs in red, he said,"Notice there is quite a bit more green than red." Healthy Utah would benefit poor individuals by providing them with health insurance. It would benefit the healthcare industry by preventing uncompensated care...
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Two Utah Congressional Districts listed among Top 50 for Uninsured Children
Potential End of CHIP Funding in 2015 Could Worsen the Problem Salt Lake City - A report released today by the bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus lists two Utah congressional districts among the 50 congressional districts with the highest percent of uninsured children: Utah Congressional District 2, where 13.6% of children were uninsured in 2012 and Utah Congressional District 4, where 12.5% of children were uninsured. Nationally, 9% of children were uninsured in 2012. Utah is ranked 41 out of...
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