Issues

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Our County Council Members are elected to represent the voice of their constituents. Too many do not know who their local representatives are.

Let’s change that, together!

Medicaid Expansion

Utah was one of the 22 states that chose not to expand Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2014. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, states that didn’t broaden coverage saw their Medicaid costs rise twice as much as those states that expanded coverage.

Over 70,000 Utahn are trapped in the Medicaid Coverage Gap (Ineligible for Medicaid and too poor to qualify for the ACA’s subsidies and credits).

Now, 32 states have expanded access to healthcare
For this reason, Darlene supports the Utah Decides Healthcare Act of 2018

Read more about Utah Decides Healthcare Act of 2018

Darlene advocates an approach that balances short-term fixes with a long term solution. It’s time to change our approach, utilize technological advances in the field of medicine, and bring solutions that benefits all Americans.

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Mental Health, Homelessness and Affordable Housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Utah must get serious about its housing crisis. It is reported that a minimum wage earner must work a 94-hour work week to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Salt Lake City. The wait list for low-income housing could take well over a year. While many young families would love to afford to buy their starter home, new college graduates with student loan repayments are delayed entry into the housing market.

Darlene supports working with local developers and council members to develop solutions that address the need for housing that also ensure that it address the need for affordable housing.

HOMELESSNESS

In 2017, nearly 3,000 Utahns were identified as homeless—a 1.6% increase from the 2016 Point-In-Time.   Last year, the Utah State Legislature passed HB 441 –  HOUSING AND HOMELESS REFORM INITIATIVE. This initiative allocated $10 million to support services for homeless men and women, as well as the development of three new homeless resource centers. Two new shelters will be built in the city, and another in Salt Lake County. 

Darlene will work with fellow council members, city, and state officials to continue to address this issue.

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDES

Utah ranks fifth in the nation for death by suicide.

We must also address inmate suicide in our county jails, the highest rate in the nation. Let’s ensure oversight and adequate personnel to provide appropriate care when needed. This is not a police issue. It is a public health issue that drains our criminal justice system because of failures to fund mental health, drug prevention, and treatment programs.

It is my promise to work with the law enforcement and health care workers on these issues.

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Diversity and Inclusion

When you have diversity of opinions, thoughts and experiences you get better policies. Our communities are diverse. The workforce and the public this council serves are growing in the number of women, people with disabilities, people of color and immigrants each year.

  • Community Engagement: It is important to engage with all members of our community to ensure that everyone has a voice and feel represented.
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