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State may revise IDs in Baby Your Baby program - Salt Lake Tribune

18 May 2011
Utah health officials are considering tweaking a decades-old practice of handing out nine-digit identifiers to Baby Your Baby applicants who claim not to have Social Security numbers.  State may revise IDs in Baby Your Baby Program (Salt Lake Tribune, 5-14-11)

Nearly 400 National, State and Local Organizations Urge House Leaders to Hold Children Harmless in FY 2012 Budget Resolution

15 April 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011 A coalition of nearly 400 national, state, and local children’s advocacy organizations have joined together to express their deep concern to Congressional leaders about the proposal to drastically reduce funding for the Medicaid program as outlined…

Lawmakers may be in mood to reverse governor - Salt Lake Tribune

07 April 2011
Lawmakers are counting heads to see if they have the votes to override Gov. Gary Herbert on one or more of his four vetoes. If legislators muster the two-thirds majorities, it would be the first override in seven years and…

Cheaper health plans for some, pricier for others - Salt Lake Tribune

07 April 2011
SB294 would have granted health insurance companies greater flexibility in pricing their plans for small employers, allowing them to extend discounts to young workers and parents with one child while hiking premiums for older workers and possibly for larger families.…

Sound decision helped Utah avoid the dog that just bit Nevada - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, Allison Rowland

04 April 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011 A case in point: During the recent session, members of the Utah Legislature saved taxpayers up to $100 million in unnecessary interest payments by rejecting a little-noticed bill, House Joint Resolution 1.  Sound decision helped Utah…

Poverty takes toll on Utah kids - Salt Lake Tribune

31 March 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011 If the well-being of Utah’s kids is a measure of the state’s overall fitness, then the 2011 “Kids Count” shows the heavy toll of the recession.  Poverty takes toll on Utah kids (Salt Lake Tribune, 3-31-11)

New report looks at the Utah and Massachusetts Health Exchanges

31 March 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011 Two states established exchanges before the passage of national health reform – Massachusetts in 2006 and Utah in 2008. A new report, “The Massachusetts and Utah Health Insurance Exchanges: Lessons Learned,” released today by the Georgetown…

Utahns predict what coming years will hold for health reform - The Salt Lake Tribune

30 March 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 As federal health care reform hits its first birthday, The Salt Lake Tribune asked Utah health industry and policy leaders to share their predictions about its future.  Utahns predict what coming years will hold for health…

2011 Legislative Session

08 March 2011
For information about how to find your legislator, track bills, and monitor the daily work of legislative committees click here.  Use the links below to learn more about Voices for Utah Children’s 2011 Legislative priorities by issue area. Children's Health…

HJR 37 is a Gimmick, not a Substitute for Good Fiscal Management - Allison Rowland, Ph.D.

07 June 2011
In the 2011 Legislative Session, Representative Carl Wimmer introduced a bill, HJR 37, which purported to limit the growth of Utah’s budget through a constitutional amendment that would replace legislative deliberations with a rigid formula. The bill passed the House…