From: Voices for Utah Children
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Voices for Utah Children Newsletter - June, 2014
Date: Tue Jun 17 16:52:44 MDT 2014
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New Poll Shows Strong Support for Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan

The Healthy Utah Poll was commissioned by several Utah civic groups interested in gauging support for Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan. The poll was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates on a sample of 623 Utah voters during May 2014.The poll gives a clear and compelling summary of how voters are likely to participate in the 2014 election and shows support for the Healthy Utah plan, particularly in comparison to other options, including doing nothing.

Expansion Poll Take‐Aways:

  • Utahns are overwhelmingly supportive of the features of Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan.
  • Utahns value individual responsibility, but both Republicans and Democrats in Utah are strongly supportive of a government role in helping individuals obtain health insurance.
  • What Utahns are against, more than anything, is doing nothing!

The full report can be found on our website here.

We urge everyone to call or email legislators and ask them to support the Governor's Healthy Utah plan and to hold a special session to close the insurance gap now. All the names, phone numbers and emails of the Health Reform Task Force can be found here.

First in a Series of Issue Briefs on Intergenerational Poverty Released

Interested in the two generation approach to moving families out of poverty? Check out our newest publication that gives an overview of how intergenerational poverty (IGP) efforts got started in Utah and where we are headed. The issue brief, the first of four that will focus on intergenerational poverty, outlines the genesis of the IGP database and the IGP Committee. Included is a brief synopsis of Utah's next steps, NEXT GENERATION KIDS, a pilot program in Ogden designed to achieve better outcomes for IGP kids. The report is on our website here.

New Additions

On June 2nd we welcomed Matthew Weinstein to our staff as our new State Policy Priorities Director. He will be conducting analysis and advocacy focused on the state budget from the perspective of what's best for Utah's children. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College.

This week, we welcome April Young Bennett who joins Voices for Utah Children as our Communications Specialist. She has more than a decade of experience with public speaking, writing, graphic and web design, social media, and providing TV, radio and newspaper interviews to Utah media outlets. Most recently, April served as the media liaison, web developer, researcher and evaluator for the Utah Department of Health, Office of Health Disparities. Another great addition to the team!

"Entitled to Life" Screening

Voices for Utah Children hosted a special screening of "Entitled to Life", a powerful documentary about what Medicaid expansion would mean to 57,000 Utahns caught in the “coverage gap.” Voices for Utah Children was pleased to sponsor this short documentary by local film maker Paul Gibbs.

We were joined by The Rt. Reverend Bishop Hiyashi of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah who spoke prior to the film, and Dr Ray Ward and Nate Checketts who spoke after the film. Nate oversees Utah’s Medicaid program and gave a brief update on the Governor’s discussions with the Obama Administration regarding his Healthy Utah Plan.

You can watch the entire documentary at this link