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Voices for Utah Children is pleased to announce we will be entering the blogging community! Once a week our staff will be sharing their thoughts on bills, legislative process, national news and more.

The new blog "Speaking of Kids" will be available on our website, with links from our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Be on the lookout for this new way to learn more about kids.

Research shows Medicaid produces long-term health benefits.

Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:46 Written by April Young Bennett
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…

More parents choosing not to vaccinate, especially in Utah County

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:24 Written by April Young Bennett
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…

Children are the losers in Legislature’s earmarking trend

Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:45 Written by Matthew Weinstein
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…

Utah’s economic tide is not lifting all boats

Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:41 Written by Matthew Weinstein
This op-ed by Matthew Weinstein of Voices for Utah Children was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on February 14, 2015.   Evaluating the performance of Utah's economy from the perspective of Utah's families and children is a matter of examining both the quantity and quality of jobs created…

Healthy Utah would help working parents

Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:38 Written by Lincoln Nehring
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…

CHIP is good for Utah children, taxpayers

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:33 Written by Lincoln Nehring
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…

The Senate has voted to extend CHIP!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 13:47 Written by April Young Bennett
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…

Urge Congress to support Utah Children & Families

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:51 Written by Lincoln Nehring
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…

Winner of the Utah New Parent Challenge

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:43 Written by April Young Bennett
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…

How Did the 2015 Utah Legislative Session Impact Kids?

Monday, 23 March 2015 11:53 Written by April Young Bennett
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…
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