Seeking Access to Health Insurance for Low-income Utah Families in 1994 and Today

21 September 2015 Written by  

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Voices for Utah Children, we are looking back at great memories from the last three decades.  These photos are from the "Great Utah Ice Cream Dream," an ice cream social in 1994 and 1995 to benefit Voices for Utah Children and the Caring Program for Children, which helped low-income families that did not qualify for Medicaid obtain health insurance for children.  

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In 1997, bipartisan legislation introduced the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), filling an important need for health insurance coverage for low-income children that do not qualify for Medicaid. In partnership with the Children's Defense Fund, Voices for Utah Children participated in a national day of advocacy called "Stand for Children" to support increased legislative attention to children, including passage of CHIP.

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 Voices for Utah Children has worked to continue reauthorization of this important program for nearly two decades.  Pictured below, Voices for Utah Children celebrated the 15th anniversary of CHIP in 2012 and urged continued legislative support for the program.

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A Supreme Court decision in 2012 made Medicaid expansion optional.  Since then, Voices for Utah Children has advocated for Utah to expand health insurance coverage to more low-income families in Utah.  This effort is still underway.

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For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities. How can you be involved?

We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.

Special thanks to American Express for sponsoring our 30th Anniversary Year. Amex

April Young Bennett 300April Young Bennett, Communications Director, joined the organization in 2014. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns. She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate.