health care http://kuer.org en Utah's Primary Care Network Enrollment Opens for the First Time in a Year http://kuer.org/post/utahs-primary-care-network-enrollment-opens-first-time-year <p>Open enrollment in <a href="http://www.health.utah.gov/pcn/">Utah’s Primary Care Network</a>, or PCN, begins today for the first time since May of 2013. Kolbi Young of the Utah Department of Health says there are about 73,000 Utahns who are eligible for this type of care.</p><p>“The Primary Care Network program has been around for years and it’s a program that essentially covers a portion of the population that’s not typically eligible for Medicaid with very primary preventive services,” says Young.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:12:48 +0000 Bob Nelson 47218 at http://kuer.org Utah's Primary Care Network Enrollment Opens for the First Time in a Year Governor's Healthy Utah Plan "Well Received" in Washington D.C. http://kuer.org/post/governors-healthy-utah-plan-well-received-washington-dc <p>Governor Gary Herbert says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and top officials at the White House were very receptive to his plan to help cover uninsured Utahns.</p><p>After his visit to Washington D.C. earlier in the week Governor Herbert says he’s confident that Secretary Sebelius will approve his Healthy Utah plan.</p><p>“As she said to me, I see nothing in your proposal, Governor, that would be a deal breaker.”</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:53:29 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44941 at http://kuer.org Governor's Healthy Utah Plan "Well Received" in Washington D.C. Utah Small Business Owners Brace for Healthcare Reform http://kuer.org/post/utah-small-business-owners-brace-healthcare-reform <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Small business owners convened at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake on Tuesday to learn about the Affordable Care Act and significant changes coming in health care. The Salt Lake Chamber along with insurance company SelectHealth released a survey revealing that the Affordable Care Act is perceived negatively by a majority of businesses, but that many of those businesses are also uninformed about the requirements of the law.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:10:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 35212 at http://kuer.org Utah Small Business Owners Brace for Healthcare Reform Utah Department of Health Launches New Anti-Tobacco Campaign http://kuer.org/post/utah-department-health-launches-new-anti-tobacco-campaign <p></p><p>The Utah Department of Health has launched a new ad campaign for people who want to quit smoking. The effort focuses on people trying to kick the habit one day at a time.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 18:10:19 +0000 Nicole Nixon 30105 at http://kuer.org Utah Department of Health Launches New Anti-Tobacco Campaign KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 22, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-may-22-2013 <p>The Salt Lake City School Board considers a tax increase, the Federal Government will now manage Utah’s high-risk health pool, and Utah’s congressional delegation feels confident about the future of Hill Air Force Base.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F93382862&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 16:40:02 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29678 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 22, 2013 KUER News Pod: Monday May 13, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-may-13-2013 <p>Utah strikes a deal to split responsibility with the federal government for its health exchange, the Unified Fire Authority puts a deputy chief on administrative leave for prescription fraud, and the Utah fire season arrives.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92014222&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 17:35:28 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29194 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday May 13, 2013 KUER News Pod: Friday May 10, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-may-10-2013 <p>Utah considers walking away from a high risk insurance pool, the University of Utah considers stricter rules for skateboarders, and Dan Nailen shares why Salt Lake is in for night after night after night of good music.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F91597808&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:26:01 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29093 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday May 10, 2013 KUER News Pod: Friday May 3, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-may-3-2013 <p>Governor Herbert declares May “Clean Air Month,” Utah hospitals rank high in stroke treatment, and Kennecott Utah Copper begins laying off workers.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90612877&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:35:43 +0000 Brian Grimmett 28750 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday May 3, 2013 Utah Department of Health Declares Open Enrollment for PCN http://kuer.org/post/utah-department-health-declares-open-enrollment-pcn-0 <p></p><p></p><p>The Utah Department of Health announced that it will allow open enrollment for its health coverage plan known as Primary Care Network or PCN. &nbsp;The plan is designed to provide low income people and families with preventative care options, but there are many services it does not cover.</p><p>PCN has been closed to enrollment since March 2012, but enough funding currently exists to allow for open enrollment over the next three to four weeks.&nbsp; Kolbi Young is a spokesperson for the Utah Department of Health.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:30:56 +0000 Terry Gildea 28196 at http://kuer.org Utah Department of Health Declares Open Enrollment for PCN KUER News Pod: Thursday April 4, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-april-4-2013 <p>Intermountain Health Care is fined more than $25 million dollars, Governor Herbert won’t be signing a water agreement with Nevada, and the USDA targets poverty in Southeast Utah.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86378891&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:34:33 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27333 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday April 4, 2013 KUER News Pod: Thursday March 28, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-march-28-2013 <p>The Utah Tourism Office launches a new ad campaign, Utah gets its first non-profit health insurance cooperative, and state agencies begin creating air quality improvement plans.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85349487&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:07:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27030 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday March 28, 2013 Autism Insurance Mandate to be Considered by State Senate http://kuer.org/post/autism-insurance-mandate-be-considered-state-senate <p>A bill that would mandate insurance coverage of autism testing and treatment in Utah will advance to the floor of the state Senate.&nbsp; The Senate Business and Labor Committee approved the bill 5-2 Thursday, despite lawmakers concerns that the bill would not only cost taxpayer money, but would also drive up health insurance premiums.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:34:52 +0000 Andrea Smardon 24741 at http://kuer.org Autism Insurance Mandate to be Considered by State Senate Bill to Add New Students to U Med School Moves Ahead http://kuer.org/post/bill-add-new-students-u-med-school-moves-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Utah Senate is ready to spend ten million dollars to expand the number of medical students at the University of Utah. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/SB0042.html">Senate Bill 42</a> would let the University of Utah medical school add 40 slots for new students -- with the condition that the new applicants have a significant connection to Utah.&nbsp; The bill has bipartisan support.&nbsp; Democrat Luz Robles argued the shortage of doctors is worse in rural parts of the state.</span></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:24:15 +0000 Dan Bammes 24441 at http://kuer.org Bill to Add New Students to U Med School Moves Ahead KUER News Pod: Thursday January 10, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-january-10-2013 <p>The St. George community gets its first look at possible new names for Dixie State College, the Governor recognizes state agencies that participated in his “Choose Health Challenge”, and police continue their search for a missing Herriman teen.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74401384&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:43:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23415 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday January 10, 2013 Utah Lawmakers May Consider a Partnership Health Exchange http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmakers-may-consider-partnership-health-exchange <p>Federal officials have given preliminary approval for Utah to run its own health insurance exchange marketplace, but some state lawmakers say they don’t want to run the exchange under the feds’ rules.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 23:38:27 +0000 Andrea Smardon 23198 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmakers May Consider a Partnership Health Exchange Utah's Avenue H Gets Conditional Approval from Feds http://kuer.org/post/utahs-avenue-h-gets-conditional-approval-feds <p>The federal government has conditionally approved Utah’s health insurance exchange known as Avenue H.&nbsp; But the feds say more work needs to be done for the state-based exchange to be compliant with the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:36:08 +0000 Andrea Smardon 23144 at http://kuer.org Utah’s Health System Reform Task Force Ends with Unanswered Questions http://kuer.org/post/utah-s-health-system-reform-task-force-ends-unanswered-questions <p></p><p>The state’s Health System Reform Task Force had its final meeting Monday before the legislative session, but questions remain about health reform &nbsp;- in particular, who will run Utah’s health insurance exchange.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:17:19 +0000 Andrea Smardon 22508 at http://kuer.org Herbert Asks Obama to Leave Utah's Healthcare Exchange As Is http://kuer.org/post/herbert-asks-obama-leave-utahs-healthcare-exchange <p>Governor Gary Herbert sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday morning asking the federal government to let Utah keep Avenue H, the state’s health insurance exchange, without making changes to it.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:55:10 +0000 Andrea Smardon 22201 at http://kuer.org Help for Utah Employers on Controlling Health Care Costs http://kuer.org/post/help-utah-employers-controlling-health-care-costs <p>The Salt Lake Chamber is trying to help Utah businesses rein in their healthcare costs.&nbsp; They released their online guide Thursday&nbsp;called an Employer’s Tool Box.</p><p>Rich McKeown is chair of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Health Reform task force.&nbsp;&nbsp; He told KUER the Employer’s Tool Box helps businesses exercise some degree of control over healthcare costs.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:06:03 +0000 Andrea Smardon 21712 at http://kuer.org Help for Utah Employers on Controlling Health Care Costs Legislators, Lobbyists Debate Women's Rights http://kuer.org/post/legislators-lobbyists-debate-womens-rights <p>There was little agreement between the panelists at a debate Wednesday night at the University of Utah over lawmakers’ recent decision to increase the state’s abortion waiting period.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:33:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21683 at http://kuer.org Legislators, Lobbyists Debate Women's Rights KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-november-20-2012 <p>Governor Herbert sends a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the “Tar Sands Monster” pays a visit to downtown Salt Lake City, and the Utah State Board of Regents OK’s a policy change that could increase college tuition for those who drag their feet.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F68179743&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:29:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21330 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012 Herbert Sends Letter to Sebelius: Wants Answers on Health Exchanges http://kuer.org/post/herbert-sends-letter-sebelius-wants-answers-health-exchanges <p>Governor Gary Herbert sent a letter Monday morning to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.&nbsp; The letter declares the Governor’s intentions to continue to pursue Utah’s state-based health insurance exchange – known as Avenue H, rather than a federally-designed exchange.&nbsp; But the letter also says that this decision could change as the state receives more information.&nbsp;</p><p>Enclosed with Governor Gary Herbert’s letter is a list of top ten unanswered questions about federal exchanges.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:55:19 +0000 Andrea Smardon 21295 at http://kuer.org Herbert Sends Letter to Sebelius: Wants Answers on Health Exchanges Health Exchange Deadline Extended: Utah Still Non-Committal http://kuer.org/post/health-exchange-deadline-extended-utah-still-non-committal <p>Governor Gary Herbert plans to send a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services Friday declaring the state’s intentions on its health insurance exchange. Up until now, the Governor’s Office has not said whether the state will update its existing exchange, Avenue H, to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act - or let the feds create their own exchange in the state. But Utah’s Health Reform Implementation Coordinator Norman Thurston says the letter doesn’t commit the state to anything.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:21:09 +0000 Andrea Smardon 21146 at http://kuer.org Health Exchange Deadline Extended: Utah Still Non-Committal KUER News Pod: Thursday November 15, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-november-15-2012 <p>The state Legislature discusses a proposal to fix the state’s data security issues, the governor’s public lands policy coordinator says a lot more study needs to be done before taking over federal lands, and Salt Lake City conducts a community food assessment.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F67552219&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:34:49 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21095 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday November 15, 2012 Utah Legislature Looks for Ways to Fix State Data Security Issues http://kuer.org/post/utah-legislature-looks-ways-fix-state-data-security-issues <p>The state Health and Human Services interim committee unanimously supported draft legislation Wednesday aimed at fixing problems related to the state’s Medicaid data breach that left more than 800 thousand Utahn’s personal information vulnerable.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:20:06 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21085 at http://kuer.org Utah Legislature Looks for Ways to Fix State Data Security Issues Intermountain Medical Center Celebrates Five Years http://kuer.org/post/intermountain-medical-center-celebrates-five-years <p>Intermountain Medical Center in Murray turned five years old Monday, and some of the hospital’s smallest and very first patients were there to celebrate.&nbsp;</p><p>First in line for birthday cake were triplets Natalia, Connor, and Janessa Nagel.&nbsp; They were also the first patients transferred by Life Flight to the newborn ICU on October 29, 2007, the morning Intermountain Medical Center opened its doors.&nbsp; Hospital Administrator David Grauer said he remembers the moment well.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:30:50 +0000 Andrea Smardon 20297 at http://kuer.org Intermountain Medical Center Celebrates Five Years Utah Priorities Project: Health Care http://kuer.org/post/utah-priorities-project-health-care <p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act promises to extend the reach of health care coverage to many people who don’t have it now.&nbsp; Critics say it will do that at a huge cost in both money and individual liberty.&nbsp; But the mandate in the law for nearly everyone to buy health insurance has been upheld by the U-S Supreme Court and that requirement will take effect in 2014. &nbsp;The question facing Utah and the rest of country is how to implement the provisions that are maintained by the states.</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:20:12 +0000 Dan Bammes 19420 at http://kuer.org Utah Priorities Project: Health Care A Health Exchange by Any Other Name... http://kuer.org/post/health-exchange-any-other-name <p>Utah’s Health Exchange has a new name, along with a new website.&nbsp; State leaders say they want to distance themselves from the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; Starting Thursday, the program which connects small businesses with health insurance carriers will be called Avenue H.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:46:11 +0000 Andrea Smardon 19248 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday October 4, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-october-4-2012 Our coverage of the Utah Priorities Project moves forward with a look at the Environment, Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Ben McAdams introduces an education plan, and Utah is seeing the largest number of whooping cough cases in more than 60 years. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F62210284&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:57:28 +0000 Brian Grimmett 19237 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday October 4, 2012 KUER News Pod: Wednesday September 26, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-september-26-2012 Governor Gary Herbert goes on a diet, renovations of State Street in South Salt Lake County near completion, and electric motorcycles hit a road near you. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F61285612&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:39:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 18858 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday September 26, 2012