The more than 1,000 Salt Lake area families who have or have had a chronically ill child generally have two things in common: They're drained both emotionally and financially.

To find solutions to their special problems, parents and health-care providers will meet May 12 to 14 in the Red Lion Hotel for the second annual Conference for Caregivers of Chronically Ill and Technology Dependent Children.

Sponsored by the University of Utah School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, the Utah Health Department and Primary Children's Medical Center, the conference will present information on health-financing.

To be discussed at the conference will be the various options for health care financing for chronically ill and technology dependent children - options like Medicaid and a risk pool insurance program.

The conference begins at 1 p.m. May 12 and continues through noon May 14, when Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will present legislative solutions for children with special health needs.

Registration for is $25 for parents and $100 for professionals.