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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…

Bill would allow using kindergarten money for software - Salt Lake Tribune

03 March 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 A House committee voted to advance a bill Wednesday that would allow school districts, if they wish, to use money that’s traditionally been for extended-day kindergarten instead for computers and literacy software for kindergartners. Please click…

Support child safety net - Salt Lake Tribune Guest Editorial, Terry Haven

24 February 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 The recent report “Child Poverty During the Great Recession: Predicting State Child Poverty Rates for 2010” by the Brookings Institution and First Focus, a national child advocacy organization, estimates that an additional 16,000 Utah children are…

Analysis shows that SB270 would increase taxes for nearly ALL Utah families, Allison Rowland, Ph.D.

02 March 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011 SB 270 would increase the state sales tax on groceries while decreasing the sales tax on other items. Analysis of actual spending patterns shows that this bill would result in a net tax increase for Utah…

Not about health care - Salt Lake Tribune Guest Editorial, Lincoln Nehring

23 February 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011 “Herbert waits on blocking federal health reform” (Tribune, Feb. 11) highlights the problem with the health care conversation: It’s not about health care. Click on link below to view full article in pdf format. Not about…

Sick kids priced out of health insurance - Salt Lake Tribune

05 January 2011
Friday, December 24. 2010 Under the new healthcare law, Becky Smith can finally purchase insurance for her 12-year-old son Nathan who has epilepsy. But she recently found out that adding Nathan to their family policy will nearly double their monthly…

Utah Health Insurance Exchange gets new leader - Salt Lake Tribune

22 December 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Utah has again tapped a local health insurance brokerage to find a leader for its online Health Insurance Exchange. Patricia (Patty) Conner comes from Ceridian Corporation in South Jordan where, like her predecessor Matthew Spencer, she…