The Utah Poison Control Center needs your support. A supplemental appropriations request has been submitted to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee for the Utah Poison Control Center in the amount of $535,000. After funding priorities from Utah System of Higher Education and Utah System of Technical Colleges, the subcommittee prioritized requests for ongoing funding. The Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) was prioritized 5 out of 9 requests for ongoing funding at a funding level of $350,000 (65% of funding request of $535,000). The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee funding priorities will be presented to the Executive Appropriations Committee likely Wednesday February 14 or Thursday February 15.

We are very grateful to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee for prioritizing the UPCCs funding request. Unfortunately, the reduced funding still leaves us with a funding gap of $185,000 that is critical to continue to provide 24-hour service and meet accreditation standards. We need your help! Please reach out to Executive Appropriations Committee members to indicate your support for a supplemental appropriation in the full amount requested ($535,000).

Key talking points:  

  • Previous funding cuts were too deep and the Utah Poison Control Center cannot continue operations without the supplemental appropriation
  • The Utah Poison Control Center is the State’s poison control center and serves all Utahns
  • The Utah Poison Control Center is an essential part of the public health infrastructure in the state by supporting state agencies to investigate and respond to threats to public health
  • The Utah Poison Control Center is a value to the state. UPCC manages most poisoning exposures onsite, reducing unnecessary health care spending. Estimated cost savings are:
    • $50 million to all who pay for health care
    • $10 million to State of Utah for reduced healthcare costs to Medicaid and Medicare recipients

Additional Information on Talking Points

Members of the Executive Appropriations Committee

 

Thank you for your support!