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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.

Using Pay for Success to Finance Nurse Home Visiting
Pre-term and low birthweight infants face significant risks for medical and developmental disabilities which are expensive to government and private entities throughout a child’s life. Nurse home visiting, in which nurses and peer counselors provide support and education to high-risk pregnant women in their homes, have had excellent results over the past 30 years in preventing poor birth and long-term outcomes. Such programs that could significantly reduce state expenditures. This paper, co-authored by Voices for Utah Children Early Childhood and Education...
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Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is a voluntary evidenced-based community health program that provides ongoing home visits (from pregnancy through age 2 of the child) from a registered nurse to low-income, first time mothers to provide the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, be a responsible and caring parent, and to become more economically self-sufficient. A nurse visits the women approximately weekly and bi-monthly during their pregnancy and after birth, and then monthly visits during the first...
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"Beyond our own doorsteps and our own children"
Photo by Jose A Warletta Today is Karen Crompton's final day as President and CEO of Voices for Utah Children.  We are deeply grateful for her efforts on behalf of Utah children over the past thirteen years and look forward to her continued leadership in a new capacity as Director of Human Services in Salt Lake County. In an effort to bask in Karen's wisdom one last time before she leaves, we are posting her speech from Voices for Utah Children's recent...
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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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Ask your legislators to support Healthy Utah
Here is a simple email form to help you email your legislators about the Healthy Utah plan: (Also available at this link:  Healthy Utah Legislative Email Form)
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The Healthy Utah Plan
Click here for a simple form to help you email your local lawmakers. Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan is a three-year pilot program that would help 111,000 low-income Utahns to get private health insurance coverage, including 57,000 adults in the coverage gap—people whose incomes are too low to qualify for the tax credits that help wealthier people afford health insurance, yet they do not qualify for Medicaid. Healthy Utah would help low-income, working families with children. There are 40,000 parents who would benefit...
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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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