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Friday, August 17, 2012

Partnership in Utah: Money is Slow to Arrive

A previous post described the Utah partnership program that has been short on private-sector donations so far. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Elected leaders celebrated Wednesday a public-private partnership that will fund a new autism treatment pilot, but the exact financial commitment by a Utah bank and insurance companies is yet to be disclosed.
Only Intermountain Healthcare said after a press conference at the state capitol that it planned to contribute $500,000 to the two-year program. The state has yet to receive any donations.
A Regence BlueCross BlueShield representative attended but said the company does not plan to contribute to the pilot, having contributed $450,000 through its foundation to an autism program at the University of Utah last year. Zions Bank has said it will make a donation but has declined to specify the amount.
Altius was named as a donor in a press release but did not attend the conference and did not return a call for comment.