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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.

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…

Sign This Petition to Support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:30 Written by April Young Bennett
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…

Utah Legislators Moving Away from Earmarks

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:34 Written by Matthew Weinstein
Voices for Utah Children Applauds Legislators’ Stated Commitment to Use New Transportation Revenues to Reduce Earmarks  The closing day of the Utah Legislature saw strong statements by leading legislators committing to use new transportation revenues to reduce reliance on dollars earmarked (diverted) from the state’s General Fund to finance our…

The Healthy Utah Debate Goes into Overtime

Monday, 16 March 2015 09:48 Written by Lincoln Nehring
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…

The Utah Legislature May Pass Laws Accommodating Lactating Employees

Monday, 23 February 2015 23:49 Written by April Young Bennett
Nine years ago, when my first child was born, I was fortunate to have a lactation–friendly employer, the Utah Department of Health. I didn't have to worry about requesting accommodation for lactation at work; policies were already in place ensuring that I would be accommodated. I didn't have to look…

What’s Wrong with Calling for a Constitutional Convention to Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment?

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:34 Written by Matthew Weinstein
What’s Wrong with HJR 7 (Rep. Powell) Calling for a Constitutional Convention to Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Calling a Constitutional Convention is risky and dangerous. If Congress called a Constitutional Convention, or attempted to do so, the country would be thrown into turmoil, with an extended…

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