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Solid Medicaid expansion solutions still absent as deadline looms | Deseret News

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Solid Medicaid expansion solutions still absent as deadline looms | Deseret News

The Deseret News provides coverage of Thursday's Utah Breakfast Club event on "Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible."

SALT LAKE CITY — As state leaders continue to grapple with Medicaid expansion, Gov. Gary Herbert says they’re on track to have a plan in place this summer, but other lawmakers are indicating the possibility of continued delay.

House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, a member of the legislative group assembled by the governor to have a plan for Medicaid ready by the end of July, suggested Thursday there’s still a chance Utahns may need to keep waiting due to ongoing uncertainty with the federal government.

“Certainly not now is still an option,” Dunnigan said following a panel discussion on Medicaid expansion at the Capitol. “But that’s not my goal. My goal is to find a solution.”

Uncertainty of the program’s cost sustainability still lingers after the group’s April meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Conversation among lawmakers and policy experts continued during a discussion hosted by the Utah Breakfast Club, founded by Deseret News columnist Drew Clark.
— http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628715/Solid-Medicaid-expansion-solutions-still-absent-as-deadline-looms.html


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Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON on May 14 to be held at 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Rotunda

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Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON on May 14 to be held at 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Rotunda

SALT LAKE CITY, May 13, 2015 - Thursday's LUNCHEON Event on "Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible" will feature House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan; Nate Checketts of the Utah State Department of Health, and who oversees the state's Medicaid program; and Leavitt Partners health policy expert Laura Summers.

The event will take place in the Rotunda of the Utah State Capitol. Lunch will be available to registered attendees beginning at 11:30 a.m. The program, a discussion including the following individuals, begins at Noon:

Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible
Utah Breakfast Club Event
Utah State Capitol Complex, Utah State Capitol Rotunda **NEW** 
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The need to tackle health care challenges brought on by the Affordable Care Act has plagued the Utah Legislature for more than a year. Gov. Gary Herbert is trying to revive his "Healthy Utah" plan. Can fairness to poor adults who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid be balanced against the fiscal responsibility concerns of a potentially dramatic expansion of Medicaid?

CONFIRMED PANELISTS:

  • Nate Checketts, Deputy Director, Utah's Medicaid Program
  • RyLee Curtis, Senior  Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project
  • Josh Daniels, Policy Assistant, Libertas Institute
  • Jim Dunnigan, Majority Leader, Utah House of Representatives
  • Shaun Greene, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Arches Health Plan
  • Laura Summers, Director of State Intelligence, Leavitt Partners
  • Moderator: Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

The event, "Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible," is the regularly-scheduled May event of the Utah Breakfast Club, a monthly business and policy-oriented discussion forum aimed at crafting solutions for Utah problems.

"The diversity and significance of panelists for our May 14 luncheon event demonstrate the timeliness and relevance that we aim to achieve at our monthly forum," said Drew Clark, Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie and Founder of the Utah Breakfast Club. "If you care about the issue of Medicaid Expansion, come to our May 14 luncheon and be a part of the conversation."

Registration for the event -- which includes a boxed lunch -- is $15, plus a fee, for Utah Breakfast Club members. (That's a 40% discount!) There is currently no charge to become a member of the Utah Breakfast Club. The regular registration price is $25, plus a fee.

Although UtahBreakfast.com normally makes a live webcast available of our events, we apologize that technical difficulties preclude us from doing so this month.

(Photograph by Andrew Smith.)

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Bios of Panelists for May 14 Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON with House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, the Office of Gov. Herbert, and Leavitt Partners

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Bios of Panelists for May 14 Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON with House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, the Office of Gov. Herbert, and Leavitt Partners

SALT LAKE CITY, May 11, 2015 - In preparation for the Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON Event on Thursday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UtahBreakfast.com published the photos and bios for the panelists.

Among the officials who have confirmed their attendance include House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan; Nate Checketts of the Utah State Department of Health, and who oversees the state's Medicaid program; and Leavitt Partners health policy expert Laura Summers.

The event, "Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible," is the regularly-scheduled May event of the Utah Breakfast Club, a monthly business and policy-oriented discussion forum aimed at crafting solutions for Utah problems.

"The diversity and significance of panelists for our May 14 luncheon event demonstrate the timeliness and relevance that we aim to achieve at our monthly forum," said Drew Clark, Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie and Founder of the Utah Breakfast Club. "If you care about the issue of Medicaid Expansion, come to our May 14 luncheon and be a part of the conversation."

Registration for the event -- which includes a boxed lunch -- is $15, plus a fee, for Utah Breakfast Club members. (That's a 40% discount!) There is currently no charge to become a member of the Utah Breakfast Club. The regular registration price is $25, plus a fee. For those unable to make the event, a FREE Webcast will be available at UtahBreakfast.com.

Join the Utah Breakfast Club for LUNCH!

Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible
Utah Breakfast Club Event
Utah State Capitol Complex, State Office Building Auditorium
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Webcast begins at 12 Noon at UtahBreakfast.com. Use hashtag #UtahBreakfast

The need to tackle health care challenges brought on by the Affordable Care Act has plagued the Utah Legislature for more than a year. Gov. Gary Herbert is trying to revive his "Healthy Utah" plan. Can fairness to poor adults who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid be balanced against the fiscal responsibility concerns of a potentially dramatic expansion of Medicaid?

CONFIRMED PANELISTS:

  • Nate Checketts, Deputy Director, Utah's Medicaid Program

Nate Checketts is an Assistant Division Director at the Utah Department of Health where he helps oversee Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) activities.  He helped develop Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan and staffed the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Options Community Workgroup and Health Innovations Summit.  Nate has previously been the director of CHIP, a budget analyst in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and a senior auditor for the California State Auditor’s Office.

  • RyLee Curtis, Senior  Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project

RyLee was born and raised in Davis County, Utah. She graduated with a dual degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Utah, where she finished her Master’s degree in Public Policy. Before joining UHPP, RyLee worked as a medical assistant and intake coordinator at a Davis County clinic. She also interned with UHPP in 2012, where she focused on Medicaid policy and outreach. Returning to UHPP, RyLee is ready to create health policy that promotes high quality, affordable, and comprehensive coverage for all people in Utah.

  • Josh Daniels, Policy Assistant, Libertas Institute

Josh Daniels brings a broad range of educational and practical experience to Libertas. Having studied economics, business, and political science, and having recently obtained a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, Josh adds strong value to our policy research and advocacy. His experience also includes eight years in the Marine Corps and work on state and federal campaigns. Prior to his employment with Libertas, he was a senior aide to U.S. Congressman Pete Olson in Texas.

  • Jim Dunnigan, Majority Leader, Utah House of Representatives

A representative since 2003, Representative Jim Dunnigan currently serves as the Majority Leader of the Utah House of Representatives. He chairs the Health Reform Task Force and has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation dealing with health care reform. He chaired the Utah House Attorney General Special Investigative Committee. He Chairs the National Conference of State Legislatures Health and Human Services Committee and serves on their Innovations in State Health Systems Task Force. He is a member of the Council of State Governments Health and Human Services Committee and serves on their Nutrition and Hunger Task Force. He served on the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Oversight committee.  He has presented before the National Institute of Medicine as well as numerous conferences nationwide on health system reform. He is a member of the Children’s Health Insurance Advisory Board. Rep. Dunnigan received his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Utah, he is the owner of Dunnigan Insurance, an insurance agency with over 30 years of experience specializing in health insurance and employee benefits.

  • Shaun Greene, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Arches Health Plan

Shaun Greene graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with honors and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He earned his airborne ranger qualifications and served a tour with the 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where two separate commanders rated him top lieutenant in his battalion. After resigning his commission, he attended Harvard Business School, where he earned his M.B.A. in general management. He took a position with Deloitte Consulting as senior consultant, focusing on operations and logistics. He assisted numerous clients in diverse industries from retail to health care to improve their operations while reducing costs.  After leaving consulting, he assumed positions of increasing responsibility managing profits and losses, operations and managing logistics for Sears Holdings’ Home Services in the western U.S. He entered health care to align his career with something bigger than himself. He successfully led the operations at Extend Health as V.P., operations, converting the group Medicare retirees of the Big 3 automakers to individual Medicare plans. He worked extensively in the insurance sector, in three successful start-ups, including V.P., Medicare Customer Care for eHealthInsurance, where he built a green-field insurance operations center in Salt Lake City.

  • Laura Summers, Director of State Intelligence, Leavitt Partners

Laura Summers is the Director of State Intelligence at Leavitt Partners with expertise in economics, health care, and public policy. In health care, Ms. Summers’ research focus has been state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid and health insurance exchanges. At Leavitt Partners, Ms. Summers’ prepares detailed analyses of state-by-state comparative data, researches state public health programs, policies, and trends, and works on state health care reform initiatives.

  • Moderator: Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

Drew Clark is Of Counsel at  Kirton McConkie, which enhances clients’ ability to construct and operate high-speed broadband networks in public-private partnerships.  He is also the founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and the Broadband Breakfast Club, which tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, and universal service. He brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband: Job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, energy, transportation and eGovernment. In April 2015, Clark was elected President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, a national non-profit organization devoted to ensuring a strong future for rural America.

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Kathleen Kaufman: Healthy Utah can protect against trauma of medical debt | Deseret News

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Kathleen Kaufman: Healthy Utah can protect against trauma of medical debt | Deseret News

Kathleen Kaufman, past president and current policy chairwoman for the Utah Nurses Association, speaks about the need for Health Utah in the Deseret News.

Dear State Legislator,

This spring a blizzard struck Utah. Come on a journey with me … a journey very possible for any of us. Your vehicle was side-swiped and sent under the wheels of a semi. Your vehicle was one of those crushed between trucks on I-80. You survived. This is what happens next: You have sustained a severe head injury and multiple crushed bones. You are expertly extricated, stabilized at the scene and transported to a Level One Trauma Center. Here, the critical care team identifies your traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal compression and several internal organs damaged in the crush. Surgery saves the organs, but there is no definitive care for your brain injury and spinal cord compression except time and rehabilitation.

You survive and gradually improve in the ICU over several weeks until complications set in and then it is a daily fight for your life against infection, kidney failure, respiratory failure and ever-varying intracerebral pressure. After 84 grueling days with much pain and a huge amount of mechanical, medical and nursing support, you are stable enough to go to the acute care floor. A few more weeks pass with daily struggles and you are deemed ready to go to the rehab floor.
— http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628236/Healthy-Utah-can-protect-against-trauma-of-medical-debt.html

 

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Rep. Jake Anderegg: Why I voted against Healthy Utah, and why I will likely do so again | Deseret News

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Rep. Jake Anderegg: Why I voted against Healthy Utah, and why I will likely do so again | Deseret News

Rep. Anderegg makes his case against "Healthy Utah" for the Deseret News.

As the governor and legislative leadership go back to the drawing board on Medicaid expansion, I thought it a good idea to frame the discussion from a conservative perspective and explain why I voted against Healthy Utah.

There are many reasons for my “no” vote, but three primary reasons stand out and must be resolved for me to ever support such a proposal.

Reason 1: 10 percent of what, exactly?

Reason 2: The 10 percent split is not guaranteed

Reason 3: Where will the money come from?

[click the title for the full article...]
— http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628364/Why-I-voted-against-Healthy-Utah-and-why-I-will-likely-do-so-again.html


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House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan to Speak on Medicaid Panel at May 14 Utah Breakfast Club

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House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan to Speak on Medicaid Panel at May 14 Utah Breakfast Club

UPDATE - May 8, 2015 - House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan has joined the Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON event on Medicaid expansion hosted by the Utah Breakfast Club. The panel includes experts about the "Healthy Utah" plan on Gov. Gary Herbert, as well as the "Utah Cares" alternative being debated by the Legislature. Sign up for an exciting event!

SALT LAKE CITY, May 7, 2015 - The office of Gov. Gary Herbert, plus an official from the consultancy Leavitt Partners, are the latest additions to the May 14 LUNCHEON event on Medicaid expansion hosted by the Utah Breakfast Club.

The event, "Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible," is the regularly-scheduled May event of the Utah Breakfast Club, a monthly business and policy-oriented discussion forum aimed at crafting solutions for Utah problems.

Nate Checketts, deputy director of Utah's Medicaid program, will join existing panelists in a robust discussion about the Governor's "Healthy Utah" program, and its prospects for legislative success. Also joining the panel is Laura Summers, director of state intelligence at Leavitt Partners, a private-sector firm founded by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt.

"The diversity and significance of panelists for our May 14 luncheon event demonstrate the timeliness and relevance that we aim to achieve at our monthly forum," said Drew Clark, Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie and Founder of the Utah Breakfast Club. "If you care about the issue of Medicaid Expansion, come to our May 14 luncheon and be a part of the conversation."

Registration for the event -- which includes a boxed lunch -- is $15, plus a fee, for Utah Breakfast Club members. (That's a 40% discount!) There is currently no charge to become a member of the Utah Breakfast Club. The regular registration price is $25, plus a fee. For those unable to make the event, a FREE Webcast will be available at UtahBreakfast.com.

Join the Utah Breakfast Club for LUNCH!

Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible
Utah Breakfast Club Event
Utah State Capitol Complex, State Office Building Auditorium
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Webcast begins at 12 Noon at UtahBreakfast.com. Use hashtag #UtahBreakfast

The need to tackle health care challenges brought on by the Affordable Care Act has plagued the Utah Legislature for more than a yearGov. Gary Herbert is trying to revive his "Healthy Utah" plan. Can fairness to poor adults who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid be balanced against the fiscal responsibility concerns of a potentially dramatic expansion of Medicaid?

CONFIRMED PANELISTS:

  • Nate Checketts, Deputy Director, Utah's Medicaid Program
  • RyLee Curtis, Senior  Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project
  • Josh Daniels, Policy Assistant, Libertas Institute
  • Jim Dunnigan, Majority Leader, Utah House of Representatives
  • Shaun Greene, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Arches Health Plan
  • Laura Summers, Director of State Intelligence, Leavitt Partners
  • Moderator: Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

For information about the Utah Breakfast Club, please contact Drew Clark via email: drew at drewclark.com



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Drew Clark: Empathy for legislators is good, but now we need Healthy Utah | Deseret News

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Drew Clark: Empathy for legislators is good, but now we need Healthy Utah | Deseret News

I'll be discussing the issue of Medicaid expansion after 5 p.m. today, May 4, with Jason Williams and Paul Mero on 610KVNU.com. Check it out!

My column from yesterday's Deseret News, about the topic that we'll be discussing at the Utah Breakfast Club on Thursday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at http://www.utahbreakfast.com/events/2015/5/14/utah-breakfast-club-may-2015

SALT LAKE CITY — If there’s one issue that has come to define the administration of Gov. Gary Herbert over the past year, it’s “Healthy Utah.”

The initiative is his effort to customize a state-specific expansion to Medicaid, the federal/state program of health insurance for the poor. The mystery to many, including this columnist, is: Why don’t we have it yet?

So far, two legislative sessions have come and gone without a resolution of the issue. Everyone in the Legislature is supportive … except for House Republicans. The Senate-passed bill wasn’t even given a hearing in the House chamber.

That’s why it was significant that on Wednesday, Herbert and the program’s leading critics (and allies) traveled to Washington to meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Ostensibly, the meeting was designed to let HHS officials know of the concerns that Utah has with expanding Medicaid. And, in fact, Utah is not alone. Of the 50 states, just 29 of them (including, most recently, Montana) have approved an expansion. The map of the expanders largely mirrors the map of “red states” after a national presidential election.

And therein lies the problem: The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act has politicized all manner of decisions that really shouldn’t be very controversial.

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Drew Clark can be reached via email: drew@drewclark.com, or on Twitter @drewclark, or at www.utahbreakfast.com
— http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865627839/Empathy-for-legislators-is-good-but-now-we-need-Healthy-Utah.html?pg=all

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Speakers for Utah Breakfast Club Lunch on May 14 to Address Utah-Specific Medicaid Expansion

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Speakers for Utah Breakfast Club Lunch on May 14 to Address Utah-Specific Medicaid Expansion

SALT LAKE CITY, April 29, 2015 - When Utah Gov. Gary Herbert met with President Obama nearly a month ago, during the President's visit to Utah, Herbert spent his 30-minute conversation with him highlighting three important priorities: A Utah-specific approach to Medicaid expansion, the Public Lands Initiative, and federal government payments in lieu of taxes.

At the Utah Breakfast Club, we're pleased that our two upcoming events, in May and in June, will address two of those three subjects.

Our May 14 event, "Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible," will feature officials from Arches Health Plan, the Utah Health Policy Project, and the Sutherland Institute. Register for the event at http://www.utahbreakfast.com/events/2015/5/14/utah-breakfast-club-may-2015

Our June event will focus on "What Does the Utah Public Lands Initiative Need to Succeed?" Register at http://utahbreakfast.com/events/2015/6/10/utah-breakfast-club-june-2015

(Photograph by HCHMD)

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Watch the Utah Breakfast Club Video of Gigabit Fiber Networks in Utah

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Watch the Utah Breakfast Club Video of Gigabit Fiber Networks in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, April 28, 2015 - The Utah Breakfast Club and Broadband Breakfast Club released the video of the organizations' most recent event, "GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah."

Panelists from the event included:

  • Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
  • Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville
  • Brock Johansen, President, Emory Telecom, Orangeville, Utah
  • Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
  • David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
  • Nole Walkingshaw, Manager, Institutional Engagement, Salt Lake City
  • Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

Highlights from the Utah Breakfast Club "GigUtah" Event:


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Photos and Bios for 'GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah'

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Photos and Bios for 'GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah'

From left to right, top to bottom: Devin Baer, Brock Johansen, Paul Cutler, Justin Jones, Nole Walkinshaw, David Shaw

SALT LAKE CITY, April 23, 2015 - Here are the brief bios for the panelists for GigUtah: How Fiber Networks are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah," which will WEBCAST live on Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT, Noon MT, and 11 a.m. PT from the Utah State Capitol Complex. For information and to register, please visit http://www.utahbreakfast.com/events/2015/4/24/utah-breakfast-club-april-2015, or register below:

Devin Baer currently oversees business operations for Google Fiber in Provo and expansion into Salt Lake. Prior to Fiber, he worked at Google's headquarters in California, leading sales for other Google products. Devin and his wife Brittni have two children, ages 4 and 1.

Brock Johansen is the General Manager and CEO of Emery Telcom in Orangeville, Utah.  He is charged with planning, coordinating and controlling the company’s day-to-day business activities, developing and sustaining organization structure, and management of the company’s subsidiaries.  Johansen represents the company’s interest in political and regulatory issues, on both state and federal levels. Emery Telcom provides landlines, fiber back haul, cable television, Internet,  computers and electronics. Emery Telcom is deploying fiber-to-the-home in Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties, and Johansen oversees these activities. Johansen is a graduate of J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

Paul Cutler was elected Mayor of Centerville in November 2013, having previously served 8 years on the City Council.  Centerville has been a member of UTOPIA since 2003.  Approximately 27% of Centerville homes & businesses currently have a fiber connection from UTOPIA.  Professionally, Paul has a BSEE, MBA, and has worked in the Wireless Communications/Network industry for the past 18 years.

Justin Jones is Vice President of Public Policy, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, which stands as the voice of business, which supports its members' successes, and which champions community prosperity.

Nole Walkingshaw is the Manger of Institutional Engagement for Salt Lake City. He is one of the project managers for Salt Lake City’s effort in bringing Google Fiber to Salt Lake City. Additionally, Nole is working on the White House Tech Hire Initiative and Salt Lake City’s Digital Inclusion Strategy. As a volunteer he is the Co-Captain of the Salt Lake area Code for America Brigade Open Salt Lake. He is also working closely with the State of Utah’s IT group on the new Open Data Portal at https://opendata.utah.gov/.

David Shaw is Chair of Government & Utilities industry section of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City. His practice specializes in information technology, telecommunications, public utilities, and contract drafting and negotiations. Mr. Shaw has extensive experience in all aspects of representing municipalities and governmental agencies, including the use of complex governmental finance mechanisms to launch innovative projects, having served as issuer's counsel in various municipal bond transactions. He is a recipient of the "Star Award" from the FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) Council and was named a 2009 Mountain States Rising Star.

Moderator (not pictured here):

Drew Clark is Of Counsel at  Kirton McConkie, which enhances clients’ ability to construct and operate high-speed broadband networks in public-private partnerships.  He is also the founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and the Broadband Breakfast Club, which tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, and universal service. He brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband: Job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, energy, transportation and eGovernment. In April 2015, Clark was elected President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, a national non-profit organization devoted to ensuring a strong future for rural America.


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Key Member of Utah Rural Telecom Alliance Joins 'GigUtah' Panel on Friday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m. MT

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Key Member of Utah Rural Telecom Alliance Joins 'GigUtah' Panel on Friday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m. MT

SALT LAKE CITY, April 22, 2015 - The Utah Breakfast Club, in conjunction with the Broadband Breakfast Club of Washington, D.C., is sponsoring a FREE SPECIAL LUNCHEON EVENT, "GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah."

"We are pleased with the addition of Brock Johansen, President of Emery Telecom in rural Utah, to a stellar panel that include Gigabit Network providers along with officials from cities with fiber-optic networks, such as Centerville," said Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie.

Because of water damage to the auditorium of State Office Building at the Utah Capitol Complex, this SPECIAL LUNCHEON EVENT will be held in the Copper Room of the Utah State Senate Building. 

Luncheon will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at Noon MT, and run no longer than 1:30 p.m. MT. Those unable to attend in person may register for the free webcast.

As previously announced, BroadbandBreakfast.com is sponsoring this luncheon event: Registration is available on a complimentary basis below, or at http://UtahBreakfast.com/events.

Event Description:

Google has captivated the enthusiasm of internet users -- and the attention of economic development professionals -- by offering Gigabit Network service in selected cities across the country.

In announcing on March 24, 2015, that Google Fiber will expand to Salt Lake City (its eighth metropolitan area nationwide), the broadband world turned its envying eyes on Utah. With Google Fiber in Provo and now Salt Lake -- and with Gigabit Networks available in the 11 cities served by the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA -- Utah is poised to be the first state where a substantial portion of its residents have access to the fastest-possible broadband internet services.

What does Google's investments say about the economic health and technology-savvy nature of Utah? What do cities and citizens get from Google Fiber that they haven't gotten from traditional telecom companies? And, for cities and states seeking to get a Gig, what are the best options to build and enhance Gigabit Networks?

Join us for discussing the future of GigUtah!

Panelists include representatives from cities, from the builders of Gigabit Networks, and from business officials who can speak to the benefits that such networks provide to the health of the economy.

CONFIRMED Panelists:

  • Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
  • Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville
  • Brock Johansen, President, Emory Telecom, Orangeville, Utah
  • Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
  • David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
  • Nole Walkingshaw, Manager, Institutional Engagement, Salt Lake City

Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club.

The "GigUtah" LUNCHEON event and webcast are sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com.


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Broadband Breakfast to Sponsor 'GigUtah' Luncheon Event on Friday, April 24: Register for Free

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Broadband Breakfast to Sponsor 'GigUtah' Luncheon Event on Friday, April 24: Register for Free

SALT LAKE, April 21, 2015 - Utah's Gigabit Networks -- from Google Fiber to UTOPIA to others -- will be the subject of discussion at the Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON event on Friday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol.

The Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON event, which will also be webcast live at UtahBreakfast.com, is being sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com: Lunch will be available FOR FREE to registered attendees. Register below or at the Utah Breakfast Club events page.

The panel discussion and FREE LIVE WEBCAST will explore these topics:

Google has captivated the enthusiasm of internet users -- and the attention of economic development professionals -- by offering Gigabit Network service in selected cities across the country.

In announcing in late March that Google Fiber will expand to Salt Lake City (its eighth metropolitan area nationwide), the broadband world turned its envying eyes on Utah. With Google Fiber in Provo and now Salt Lake -- and with Gigabit Networks available in the 11 cities served by the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA -- Utah is poised to be the first state where a substantial portion of its residents have access to the fastest-possible broadband internet services.

What does Google's investments say about the economic health and technology-savvy nature of Utah? What do cities and citizens get from Google Fiber that they haven't gotten from traditional telecom companies? And, for cities and states seeking to get a Gig, what are the best options to build and enhance Gigabit Networks?

CONFIRMED Panelists:

  • Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
  • Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville, Utah
  • Brock Johansen, President, Emory Telecom, Orangeville, Utah
  • Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
  • David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
  • Nole Walkingshaw, Manager, Institutional Engagement, Salt Lake City
  • Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

'GigUtah' LUNCHEON Event is sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com.


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Utah and Broadband Breakfast Club Announce Luncheon Event and Webcast on Friday, April 24

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Utah and Broadband Breakfast Club Announce Luncheon Event and Webcast on Friday, April 24

SALT LAKE CITY, April 8, 2015 - The Utah Breakfast Club, in collaboration with the well-established Broadband Breakfast Club of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday announced a special luncheon event on Gigabit Networks in Utah that will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The luncheon event will take place at the Utah State Capitol, in the regular location of the monthly Utah Breakfast Club. This event will also be viewable as a FREE LIVE WEBCAST beginning at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/Noon MT/11 a.m. PT.

Those who seek to attend in person may register to attend this interactive discussion. Members of the Utah Breakfast Club pay $15, plus registration fee. Nonmembers pay $25, plus registration fee. (Individuals may obtain a NO CHARGE three month trial membership of the Utah Breakfast Club.) Lunch will be served at the Utah State Capitol beginning at 11:30 a.m. MT, with the program and webcast beginning promptly at 2 p.m. ET/Noon MT.

"Google's decision to bring fiber to Salt Lake City adds the the strong base of fiber-optic deployment with Utah," said Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and the Broadband Breakfast Club. "With cities and states across the country now seeking to build Gigabit networks, this discussion about GigUtah will be of great interest throughout the nation."

The panel discussion and FREE LIVE WEBCAST will explore these topics:

Google has captivated the enthusiasm of internet users -- and the attention of economic development professionals -- by offering Gigabit Network service in selected cities across the country.

In announcing in late March that Google Fiber will expand to Salt Lake City (its eighth metropolitan area nationwide), the broadband world turned its envying eyes on Utah. With Google Fiber in Provo and now Salt Lake -- and with Gigabit Networks available in the 11 cities served by the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA -- Utah is poised to be the first state where a substantial portion of its residents have access to the fastest-possible broadband internet services.

What does Google's investments say about the economic health and technology-savvy nature of Utah? What do cities and citizens get from Google Fiber that they haven't gotten from traditional telecom companies? And, for cities and states seeking to get a Gig, what are the best options to build and enhance Gigabit Networks?

CONFIRMED Panelists:

  • Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
  • Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville, Utah
  • Brock Johansen, President, Emory Telecom, Orangeville, Utah
  • Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
  • David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
  • Nole Walkingshaw, Manager, Institutional Engagement, Salt Lake City
  • Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

The "GigUtah" LUNCHEON event and webcast are sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com.


For questions about the event, please contact Drew Clark at drew@broadbandcensus.com.

(Photograph by Rosan Nikam)

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White House Fact Sheet About President Obama's Clean Energy Initiative in Utah

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White House Fact Sheet About President Obama's Clean Energy Initiative in Utah

SALT LAKE, April 3, 2015 - The White House released the following fact sheet on clean energy, in advance of the President's remarks at Hill Air Force base.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2015

FACT SHEET: Administration Announces Actions To Drive Growth In Solar Energy And Train Workers For Clean-Energy Jobs

The President is committed to addressing climate change and creating jobs by spurring the deployment of clean sources of energy. Since President Obama took office, solar electricity generation has increased 20 fold, doubling last year alone – just as the cost of solar has continued to fall as a result of investments in research and manufacturing innovation. The solar industry is adding jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy, creating a source of good paying American employment. To continue progress, the Administration is announcing actions to drive growth in the solar industry while also supporting our veterans.

Today’s announcements build on the strong progress made under President Obama to curb the emissions that are driving climate change and lead on the international stage. They will help set the U.S. on a path to achieve our target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, which we submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) earlier this week.

To continue to reduce carbon pollution and create good paying American jobs, the President is announcing the following actions at Hill Air Force Base today:

· Training 75,000 Solar Workers: The Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing a goal to train 75,000 people to enter the solar workforce by 2020, some of whom will be veterans. This is an increase from the previous goal of training 50,000 solar workers by 2020 announced in May 2014. The new goal builds on the tremendous progress of DOE’s SunShot Initiative’s Solar Instructor Training Network, which includes 400 partnering community colleges across the country and has trained more than 1,000 certified solar instructors and nearly 30,000 students nationwide in the last five years.



· Launching a Solar Ready Vets Program: DOE, in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), is launching a Solar Ready Vets program at 10 military bases across the country, including at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, which has already taken leadership by installing solar panels onsite. The program also includes participation from Camp Pendleton in California, Fort Carson in Colorado, and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, all which announced pilot initiatives earlier this year and are serving as a model for the Solar Ready Vets program.



The Solar Ready Vets program will train transitioning military service personnel to enter the solar workforce by joining with SunShot’s Solar Instructor Training Network and leveraging the DOD’s Skillbridge transition authority authorized by Congress in 2012. Consistent with the Vice-President’s job-driven training agenda, the program is based on the specific needs of high-growth solar employers, is tailored to build on the technician skills that veterans have acquired through their service, and incorporates work-based learning strategies. Service members will learn how to size and install solar panels, connect electricity to the grid, and interpret and comply with local building codes. This accelerated training will prepare them for careers in the solar industry as installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations.



· Utilizing the GI Bill for Solar Workforce Training: The Department of Veterans Affairs is committing to working with DOE and State Approving Agencies to achieve approval for GI Bill funding for DOE’s Solar Ready Vets initiative. Over time, this approval will enable more veterans across the country to use their GI Bill benefits to participate in this job-driven training program through local community colleges, where they will quickly learn the skills needed for good-paying jobs in the solar industry. Adding Solar Ready Vets will expand the existing network of programs providing service members and veterans opportunities to gain skills to enter the solar workforce through their GI Bill.



· Educating Veterans and Service Members about Opportunities to Gain Solar Workforce Training: The Department of Labor (DOL), will work with DOD to ensure that transitioning service members are made aware of solar workforce training programs available to them in their last months of military service. In addition, to better serve unemployed veterans, DOL will partner with state workforce agencies and American Job Centers to better inform unemployed veterans about the opportunity to participate in available solar trainings. The Department of Labor in partnership with the Departments of Energy, Defense, and Veterans Affairs, is committed to facilitating a range of job and career opportunities for our transitioning service members and veterans.



Today’s Announcements Build On Progress To Deploy Solar Energy



Last year, the U.S. installed as much solar every three weeks as we did in all of 2008. In 2013 alone, the price of commercial and residential solar declined by more than 12 percent. This is driving more and more Americans to install solar panels at their homes and businesses, and is supporting tens of thousands of solar jobs across the country. With President Obama’s leadership, the Administration has already taken a number of actions to promote investment in and to deploy solar energy across the country. Examples of this progress in the last year alone include:

· This week, the U.S. Army broke ground on a large-scale, 15 megawatt solar project at Fort Detrick in Maryland, enough to power nearly 2,500 homes for a year. This follows the recent unveiling of an 18 MW solar array at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, and the announcement of three 30 MW solar arrays planned for installations in Georgia. With these projects and more, DOD – the largest energy user in the Federal Government — is making significant progress toward its target of deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable energy on its installations by 2025. The Department plans to continue aggressively deploying renewable energy projects throughout this year: the Navy is aiming to contract 500 MW of renewable energy projects during 2015, the Air Force has more than 160 MW under development, and the Army plans to double its current capacity by deploying at least 75 MW of renewable electricity.



· In March 2015, the President doubled down on his commitment to lead by example across the Federal Government to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and invest in renewable energy, directing agencies to reduce their GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2025 and increase the share of renewable energy consumption to 30 percent. Since the President took office, Federal agencies have cut their emissions by 17 percent – the equivalent of taking 1.8 million cars off the road for one year — and tripled the share of electricity coming from renewable sources.


· In February 2015, the White House and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hosted a roundtable with leaders from the finance and philanthropic communities to discuss opportunities to enhance solar financing for affordable housing.



· In January 2015, HUD Secretary Castro, and Governor Brown of California announced a number of actions to expand financing for energy efficiency and solar energy in multifamily housing, including a California Multifamily Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Pilot and DOE funding to empower communities to deploy solar, which sets us on a track to reach the President’s goal of installing 100 megawatts of renewable energy across federally subsidized housing by 2020.



· Last year, the Administration announced more than 350 private and public sector commitments to deploy more than 885 megawatts of solar—enough to power more than 130,000 homes—and cut energy waste in more than 1.4 billion square feet of buildings throughout the nation. The President’s executive actions included investing $68 million in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural areas, supporting funding for clean energy and energy efficiency for affordable housing, strengthening building codes, and harnessing national service and volunteerism to tackle climate change.


· The Department of the Interior (DOI) is making progress towards achieving the Climate Action Plan goal of permitting enough renewable energy projects on public lands by 2020 to power more than 6 million homes. Since President Obama took office, DOI has permitted 52 utility-scale renewable energy projects – including 29 solar projects – with a total capacity of over 14,000 megawatts. If built as planned, these projects would provide more than 21,000 jobs and power more than 4 million homes.



· In October 2014, the White House launched the Climate Action Champion competition, to identify and recognize local climate leaders and to provide targeted Federal support to help those communities further raise their ambitions. Following a competitive process led by the DOE, in December 2014, 16 Climate Action Champions, covering over 158 communities across the U.S., were selected by DOE due to their outstanding leadership in climate action, their initiation of constructive and replicable programs that often jointly address the challenges of climate mitigation and adaptation, their collaboration with their own communities, and their awareness that a changing climate requires decisive action, including Boston, MA; Dubuque, IA; Knoxville, TN, Minneapolis, MN, Montpelier, VT; Oberlin, OH; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Mid-America Regional Council; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Sonoma County, CA; Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact; Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe (CA); Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI).

· Salt Lake City, one of the Climate Action Champions, is spearheading solar development in Utah, including a 1 megawatt solar farm and a state-of-the art net-zero public safety building. The combined impact of these projects will reduce CO2 emissions Salt Lake City’s from municipal operations by three million pounds per year. To further decrease emissions, Salt Lake City just announced it will join the President’s Better Building Challenge today, committing to improve the energy efficiency of 1.6 million square feet of public and private buildings across the city over the next decade.


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Utah Breakfast Club Releases Videos of 'Tackling the State's Workforce Challenges'

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Utah Breakfast Club Releases Videos of 'Tackling the State's Workforce Challenges'

SALT LAKE CITY, March 26, 2015 - The Utah Breakfast Club posted the videos of its March event, "Making Education a Priority: Tackling the State's Workforce Challenges," an event which featured a top collection of educators, policy officials and business officials seeking to find solutions to the workforce challenges in the states. 

Panelists include:

  • Cathy Donahoe, Vice President, Human Resources, Domo
  • Stephen Kroes, President, Utah Foundation
  • Michael Savoie, Dean, College of Tech/Computing, Utah Valley University
  • Teresa Schlegel, Vice President, Human Resources, School Improvement Network
  • Jeff Weber, Senior Vice President, People and Places, Instructure
  • Chase Winder, Utah Sales Executive, Graduation Alliance

Both a highlights video, and a full version, are posted below:


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Drew Clark: Let's stop reforming, and start disrupting educational habits | Deseret News

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Drew Clark: Let's stop reforming, and start disrupting educational habits | Deseret News

My column in the Deseret News this Sunday focused on some aspect of education and workforce training that we touched upon at the Utah Breakfast Club in March. Here's a sample:

The problem bedeviling the issue of educational attainment is that almost all versions of education reform ultimately need to be reformed.

It’s time to stop reforming, and time to start disrupting established patterns within secondary and higher education.

Remember education reform, circa 2000? It was called “No Child Left Behind.” It aimed to push failing schools to greater proficiency through more testing and penalties for failure. More than 40 states now have waivers from that law, and Congress is considering a rewrite.

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This mismatch between college degrees and workforce needs is pressing throughout the country, including here in Utah. At the last meeting of Utah Breakfast Club, the dean of the College of Tech/Computing at Utah Valley University Michael Savoie spoke on “Tackling the State’s Workforce Challenges.”

”The number one degree in the United States right now is psychology,” Savoie said. “The fastest growing degree in U.S. higher education right now is psychology. The lowest need of any B.S. four-year degree in the U.S. right now is psychology.”
— http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624760/Lets-stop-reforming-and-start-disrupting-educational-habits.html


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Utah has stiff competition for filmmakers' attention | KSL.com

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Utah has stiff competition for filmmakers' attention | KSL.com

Rob Reiner's "Being Charlie" is coming to Salt Lake City. But Utah has serious competition among other film-making states....

Recently, it was announced that Rob Reiner would be bringing his crew to Utah to shoot “Being Charlie,” starting in April. More than 100 people will be part of the cast and crew. Officials with the Utah Film Commission say it’s an independent film, so it won’t be nearly the size and scope of one of Reiner’s more famous productions, “The Princess Bride.”

The producers qualified for a tax incentive worth over $265,000 to film in Utah. That’s nearly 25 percent of what film crews will spend while working in the Beehive State.

”We have an on-going amount of money. Every year it gets replenished, but it is at the lower levels,” said Commission Director Virginia Pearce.

But other states are stepping up their efforts to entice producers. Pearce said 75 percent of states have some sort of tax incentive program for movie makers, and many of them don’t limit how much money they give back, like Utah does.
— http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=33941230

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Governor's Utah Economic Summit on Friday, April 17, 2015

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Governor's Utah Economic Summit on Friday, April 17, 2015

The Governor's Utah Economic Summit promises an agenda with a focus on international business, workforce development, women's role in business, and a variety of content and marketing panels.

The Summit is designed to enhance Utah businesses in the local, national and global marketplace by providing in-depth analysis on economic development, policy and growth as a path for executives to lead their companies to exponential growth.
— http://utaheconomicsummit.com/#agenda


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Meetings to resolve Medicaid expansion will be closed, governor's office says | Deseret News

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Meetings to resolve Medicaid expansion will be closed, governor's office says | Deseret News

Interesting take on dealing with Medicaid, which will be the subject of our May 14 Utah Breakfast Club.

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to start meeting in early April with legislative leaders to hammer out an agreement on his Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion, but their discussions will stay behind closed doors.

”We kind of tried this the old-fashioned way and it didn’t quite work,” the governor’s spokesman, Marty Carpenter, said of the decision to conduct their work through private negotiations rather than in public meetings.

The 2015 Legislature failed to pass Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan to use nearly $1 billion available under the Affordable Care Act to provide health care to low-income Utahns over the next two years, including those in the so-called coverage gap.
— http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865625011/Meetings-to-resolve-Medicaid-expansion-will-be-closed-governors-office-says.html


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