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Children's health and well-being have been closely linked to the economic well-being of their families. Voices for Children works to support children and families by promoting policies that increase access to family support resources.

When families are economically stable and secure, children are more likely to succeed.

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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How Did the 2015 Utah Legislative Session Impact Kids?
Policies affect children—but children don’t vote. At Voices for Utah Children, we have spent the 2015 legislative session raising our voices on behalf of children, informing policymakers that government can and should act to keep kids safe and help them succeed. This session, we are pleased to report that Utah lawmakers passed several bills that will help keep children safe, support healthy early childhood development, improve educational opportunity, and preserve family security by prohibiting employment discrimination. But of course, the news...
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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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The Healthy Utah Debate Goes into Overtime
The 2015 Utah legislative session ended on Thursday but the work continues for advocates of health care coverage for Utah's working poor. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that "the House refused to accept Herbert's plan and stuck with a vastly inferior — more expensive, less beneficial — alternative that was unjustly called Utah Cares. On the last day of the session, Herbert and legislative leaders announced an agreement to talk some more and, they promise, come to a deal by...
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New Poverty Measure Shows that the Safety Net Works for Utah Children
An additional 98,000 Utah kids would live in poverty if not for government programs Salt Lake City—A new KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, finds that the rate of child poverty in Utah would double, from 11% to 22%, if it weren’t for social programs such as food stamps, WIC, school lunches, child tax credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The report analyzes the first three-year data...
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New Report Finds Healthy Utah Plan Would Help Working Parents & Families
Majority of Eligible Parents are Working Salt Lake City–Working parents would receive significant help with health insurance costs if Utah moves forward with Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan or a similar plan, according to a new report released today by Voices for Utah Children and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF). More than one in three projected enrollees in Healthy Utah are parents. The report found that more than two-thirds (68%) of the low-income uninsured parents that...
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