Salt Lake City, UT – Increased efficiency in Utah’s Medicaid program allowed more families than ever to benefit from healthcare coverage during the Great Recession, and for scarce state resources to be re-allocated to other uses, according to a new report. Thanks to Medicaid, Utah Gets More Health Care Bang for the Buck, from Voices for Utah Children, uses official state data to document that Utah’s Medicaid program spent 18 percent less per Medicaid enrollee than in 2007. This allowed 108,000 additional Utahns to receive coverage, two-thirds of them children.
Every summer, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its KIDS COUNT Data Book, a report providing a glimpse of what is happening to children throughout the nation and in each state.
The 2012 Utah data, released last week, is our “canary in a coal mine.” It is our warning sign that the needs of children must be made a priority if we want to ensure that today’s children become tomorrow’s productive adults.
Voices for Utah Children highlights Utah CHIP and Medicaid through storybook as we celebrate CHIP’s 15th Anniversary
Salt Lake City, UT – On Thursday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m., Voices for Utah Children will release a collection of stories entitled CHIP and Medicaid: A Utah Success Story, documenting how CHIP and Medicaid have benefited nine Utah families. A celebration of the 15th anniversary of the historic bipartisan legislation that created CHIP, signed into law by former President Clinton in 1997, will follow.
The statistics are deeply troubling: In 2010, 22 percent of American children were living in poverty. There were 700,000 cases of child abuse or neglect, and 23 percent of all kids were living in homes that couldn’t always provide enough food for a healthy, active life.
Voices for Utah Children is mounting a campaign this season — making sure every candidate for federal office and the governorship is aware of those numbers and making children’s health and well-being a part of their runs for office.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT report on child well-being today, ranking Utah 11th among all the states. This year’s data book has been revamped; it ranks Utah on 16 indicators rather than 10, and organizes the data into four domains:
Family and Community
To view entire press release, click on link below.
During every presidential election there is a lot of talk about the American Dream — that set of ideals and freedoms which allow upward social and economic mobility. The dream is becoming harder for people born at the bottom to attain. Michael De Groote has a preview of a special report you'll find today in the Deseret News. We also discussed the opportunity gap with Karen Crompton, CEO of Voices For Utah Children and learned about their electoral advocacy campaign.
Health reform • Utah’s policy debate has shifted from covering the uninsured to curbing spending.
Expanding Medicaid would cut Utah’s ranks of uninsured nearly in half.
Doing so would cost a pretty penny — billions in mostly federal dollars over the next decade — a point hammered on by state lawmakers at a Health Reform Task Force meeting last week.
But is there any upside to such spending? What is the value of giving 139,000 mostly working poor adults access to routine medical care?
This Voter Guide is part of Voices for Utah Children’s electoral advocacy campaign – America’s Kids: Our Decisions, Their Future. During the summer, we will be meeting with reporters, editorial boards, and candidates for federal office to brief them on key child issues and what they mean to children in Utah. We will urge the media to ask questions about children’s issues and candidates to present children’s issues as part of their campaigns.