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New SAIPE Poverty Figures Released by the U.S. Census Bureau Data shows child poverty still increasing in Utah - Press Statement, Terry Haven

19 December 2012
Estimates (SAIPE) program which provides annual estimates of income and poverty statistics for all school districts, counties, and states. According to the SAIPE data, child poverty in Utah increased slightly from 15.9% in 2010 to 16.3% in 2011, raising the…

Feds: Medicaid expansion all-or-nothing deal for Utah, other states

10 December 2012
Options are narrowing for states, such as Utah, that remain undecided over whether to expand Medicaid to cover more poor adults. When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld federal health reform, but made expanding eligibility for Medicaid optional, state governors got…

Utah food tax could skyrocket, Politics • Lawmakers consider doubling the sales tax; backers say it would help the poor.

15 November 2012
Utah lawmakers are once again considering doubling the state sales tax on food, reversing a cut enacted five years ago. In its place, Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, is proposing targeted relief for low-income Utahns through a refundable credit to help…

Utah website aims to make smarter health insurance shoppers

26 October 2012
Utahns now have a web tool intended to make shopping for health insurance easier. A online site created by the Utah Department of Health Insurance allows comparisons of consumer ratings. Soon, the site will have data showing how quickly insurers…

A Common Foundation: Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation - Presenter Contact Information

10 October 2012
Our conference “A Common Foundation: Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation" was a huge success.  We are so grateful for those who attended and their interest in the support of our goal to break the cycle of poverty in Utah.…

Utahns able to improve their lives better than most of nation, data shows

10 October 2012
When Utahns hit hard times, they are better positioned than much of the nation to find a road up and out, newly released data shows. Utah rates 16th on the 2012 Opportunity Index, a conglomerate of factors that portray how…

My view: High quality preschool closes achievement gap for at-risk children

01 October 2012
The Education Interim Committee on Sept. 19 heard and discussed research based on Granite School District's high quality Title I preschool program. The research proved the program was successful in addressing school readiness, closing the achievement gap for at-risk children…

Is acupuncture essential health care? Weight-loss surgery? Under Obamacare, states choose.

28 September 2012
It is among the health-care law's most important — and most daunting — questions: What health-care benefits are absolutely essential? California legislators say acupuncture makes the cut. Michigan regulators would include chiropractic services. Oregon officials would leave both of those…

More Kids Will Be Connected with Coverage Thanks to ACA - Say Ahhh! Blog Entry, Lincoln Nehring, JD

14 September 2012
The Affordable Care Act reduces the number of eligible, but unenrolled kids in Medicaid and CHIP. Despite what you may have heard, this is a good thing. In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Times, Utah Governor Gary Herbert…

Utah’s poverty rate climbs to 13.5 percent of population - Census data • 25% of Washington County children live below the federal poverty line, as do 43% of the state’s single mothers.

13 September 2012
Petra Ullmann didn't anticipate she'd one day be barely scraping by when she moved to Utah from Germany in 2005. The 45-year-old mother of three moved to the U.S. to join her husband in Midvale, where the couple worked together…