Health Care http://kuer.org en 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. Governor Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius http://kuer.org/post/governor-meets-hhs-secretary-kathleen-sebelius <p>Governor Gary Herbert is in Washington D.C. Monday meeting with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about his plan to help low income Utahns get health insurance.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44841 at http://kuer.org Governor Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius VA Reaches Out to Vets in Wake of Fort Hood http://kuer.org/post/va-reaches-out-vets-wake-fort-hood <p></p><p></p><p>In the wake of another tragic shooting at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, the Veteran’s Affairs office in Salt Lake City is reaching out to military veterans who are seeking mental health services and is trying to dispel any misconceptions about mental health and violence.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:33:30 +0000 Whittney Evans 44373 at http://kuer.org VA Reaches Out to Vets in Wake of Fort Hood SLC Ronald McDonald House Expands to Accommodate More Families http://kuer.org/post/slc-ronald-mcdonald-house-expands-accommodate-more-families <p></p><p>The Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City has completed an expansion, so more parents with seriously ill children will be able to stay.&nbsp; There are not only more beds, but more features to accommodate families as healthcare delivery evolves in Utah.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:26:45 +0000 Andrea Smardon 44192 at http://kuer.org SLC Ronald McDonald House Expands to Accommodate More Families Salt Lake City LDS Ward Helps Congregants Sign Up for Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-lds-ward-helps-congregants-sign-health-insurance <p>Many faith leaders in Utah have been vocal about encouraging lawmakers to <a href="http://kuer.org/post/utahns-rally-more-medicaid-coverage">expand Medicaid in the state</a>. But the dominant faith – the <a href="http://www.lds.org" target="_blank">Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints </a>– has been silent when it comes to the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/" target="_blank">Affordable Care Act</a>. In the meantime, one LDS ward in downtown Salt Lake City is quietly working to help congregants get access to health insurance.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:46:55 +0000 Andrea Smardon 44138 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City LDS Ward Helps Congregants Sign Up for Health Insurance New Health Clinic Opens in Midvale http://kuer.org/post/new-health-clinic-opens-midvale <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new health clinic in </span>Midvale<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is serving residents who may not otherwise have access to primary care. Salt Lake County and </span>Midvale<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> City officials gathered at the clinic this morning to celebrate the&nbsp;new facility. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:41:31 +0000 Whittney Evans 44031 at http://kuer.org New Health Clinic Opens in Midvale Health Campaign Encourages Utahns to Question Their Doctors http://kuer.org/post/health-campaign-encourages-utahns-question-their-doctors <p></p><p>Utah consumers are being asked to help eliminate unnecessary healthcare by questioning their doctors. A campaign called Choosing Wisely Utah is holding public discussions to encourage conversations between patients and physicians about avoiding treatments that add little or no benefit. The first of these discussions with health experts is <a href="http://www.hinckley.utah.edu/event/when-less-is-more-in-healthcare/">at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics</a>. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:34:31 +0000 Andrea Smardon 44030 at http://kuer.org Health Campaign Encourages Utahns to Question Their Doctors Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative http://kuer.org/post/herbert-delay-hasnt-hurt-medicaid-alternative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Gary Herbert says he doesn’t think Utah’s long delay in coming up with an alternative to expanding Medicaid has hurt the prospect of a successful program.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Dan Bammes 44011 at http://kuer.org Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative Agriculture Secretary Encourages Rural Utahns to Consider Obamacare http://kuer.org/post/agriculture-secretary-encourages-rural-utahns-consider-obamacare <p></p><p>US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Utahns to sign up for health insurance before the federal deadline on Monday. Secretary Vilsack says that Utahns who live in rural areas have a lot to gain from the federal Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:57:45 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43972 at http://kuer.org Agriculture Secretary Encourages Rural Utahns to Consider Obamacare U Healthcare CEO Calls for New Funding Model in DC http://kuer.org/post/u-healthcare-ceo-calls-new-funding-model-dc <p></p><p>The Dean of the University of Utah’s School of Medicine was in Washington DC Tuesday <a href="http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP07/20140325/101877/HHRG-113-AP07-Wstate-LeeV-20140325.pdf">testifying before a House appropriations subcommittee</a> which included Representative Chris Stewart of Utah’s 2<sup>nd</sup> District. Dr. Vivian Lee requested an increase in medical research and education funding in the federal budget.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:13:32 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43915 at http://kuer.org U Healthcare CEO Calls for New Funding Model in DC Session Ends with No Medicaid Decision, Talks Continue http://kuer.org/post/session-ends-no-medicaid-decision-talks-continue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Another Utah legislative session has ended without a decision on Medicaid, but Governor Gary Herbert and healthcare advocates are declaring a victory of sorts.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:29:36 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43368 at http://kuer.org Session Ends with No Medicaid Decision, Talks Continue U of U Hospital Doctor Implants New Wireless Heart Monitor, A Regional First http://kuer.org/post/u-u-hospital-doctor-implants-new-wireless-heart-monitor-regional-first <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:52:06 +0000 Bob Nelson 43248 at http://kuer.org U of U Hospital Doctor Implants New Wireless Heart Monitor, A Regional First Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/senate-passes-partial-medicaid-expansion <p>The Utah Senate has approved a plan to partially expand Utah’s Medicaid program, but not before amending it to make it more compatible with Governor Gary Herbert’s expansion proposal.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:22:38 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43178 at http://kuer.org Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion Gov. on Healthcare Negotiations: “You Don’t Want to Tie My Hands” http://kuer.org/post/gov-healthcare-negotiations-you-don-t-want-tie-my-hands <p></p><p>Time is running out for the Utah legislature to make a decision on what they want to do about health insurance for low-income Utahns.&nbsp; There are several health reform proposals in the legislature that have yet to be approved, with only four working days left in the session. But at this point, the governor has the power to move forward with his plan, so long as lawmakers don’t stand in his way.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43077 at http://kuer.org Gov. on Healthcare Negotiations: “You Don’t Want to Tie My Hands” Utahns in the Coverage Gap Find Hope in Governor Herbert’s Health Plan http://kuer.org/post/utahns-coverage-gap-find-hope-governor-herbert-s-health-plan <p></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert got some positive feedback Thursday on his plan to offer health insurance to low-income Utahns. Herbert visited a homeless health clinic in Salt Lake City and heard from citizens who do not qualify for insurance subsidies, but also do not qualify for Medicaid, leaving them in a coverage gap.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:23:57 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43032 at http://kuer.org Utahns in the Coverage Gap Find Hope in Governor Herbert’s Health Plan House Speaker Criticizes Governor’s Health Plan, calls it Obamacare Expansion http://kuer.org/post/house-speaker-criticizes-governor-s-health-plan-calls-it-obamacare-expansion <p></p><p>When Governor Gary Herbert laid out his Healthy Utah plan Thursday he said he was confident that it would get support from the state legislature as well as the federal government.&nbsp; But the governor’s proposal to accept federal money to help low-income Utahns buy health insurance may meet some resistance from Republicans in the state House…. especially the House speaker.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:00:57 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42790 at http://kuer.org House Speaker Criticizes Governor’s Health Plan, calls it Obamacare Expansion Gutted E-Cigarette Bill Passes House http://kuer.org/post/gutted-e-cigarette-bill-passes-house <p>The Utah House unanimously passed a bill Friday that would put harsher penalties on stores that sell electronic cigarettes to minors, but not before passing a <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0112.html" target="_blank">substitute bill</a> that drastically changed the sponsor’s original intent.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:01:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42783 at http://kuer.org Gutted E-Cigarette Bill Passes House Governor Herbert's Health Plan: Take Federal Money, Don’t Expand Medicaid http://kuer.org/post/governor-herberts-health-plan-take-federal-money-don-t-expand-medicaid <p>Governor Gary Herbert announced his long-awaited plan Thursday concerning Medicaid and health coverage for the poorest Utahns. He’s calling it Healthy Utah.</p><p>The Supreme Court decided in 2012 to let states choose whether to expand Medicaid as it was intended under the Affordable Care Act. Now, more than a year and a half later, after reviewing proposals from the state house, the senate, and panels of stakeholders, Governor Herbert finally revealed <em>his </em>plan.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:02:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42749 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert's Health Plan: Take Federal Money, Don’t Expand Medicaid Senate Republicans Consider Partial Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/senate-republicans-consider-partial-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>A Republican state senator has put forth a proposal for a partial expansion of Medicaid in Utah. Senate majority leaders say they are meeting Wednesday night to decide whether they will get behind this proposal, a different House plan that rejects Medicaid dollars, or another solution all together.&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Senator Brian Shiozawa is an Emergency Room doctor. So he’s all too familiar with the coverage gap - those 54,000 Utahns who live in poverty and can’t get health insurance.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:29:07 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42700 at http://kuer.org Senate Republicans Consider Partial Medicaid Expansion No Money in State Budget to Fund GOP Alternative to Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/no-money-state-budget-fund-gop-alternative-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>A Republican proposal to provide health coverage for those under the poverty line has advanced to the House floor for consideration, but lawmakers in charge of the budget say there is no money for it at this point, and time is running out to accept any new requests.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:53:25 +0000 Andrea Smardon & Brian Grimmett 42647 at http://kuer.org No Money in State Budget to Fund GOP Alternative to Medicaid Expansion Salt Lake City Man in Recovery from Heroin Addiction Falls in Coverage Gap http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-man-recovery-heroin-addiction-falls-coverage-gap <p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:54:03 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42381 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Man in Recovery from Heroin Addiction Falls in Coverage Gap House Republicans Work to Close “Coverage Gap” Without Expanding Medicaid http://kuer.org/post/house-republicans-work-close-coverage-gap-without-expanding-medicaid <p></p><p>Republican state lawmakers have come up with a proposal to provide health insurance for those who fall below the poverty line, but it does not expand Medicaid in the state. Democrats say rejecting those federal dollars is irresponsible.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:36:09 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42380 at http://kuer.org House Republicans Work to Close “Coverage Gap” Without Expanding Medicaid The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/coverage-gap-transgender-utahn-can-t-get-health-insurance <p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act is in effect across the country, but some Utahns are finding that they still don’t have any options for health insurance. As part of an ongoing series, KUER looks at those find themselves in this coverage gap. In today’s installment, we meet a 32-year-old who is in the process of coming out as transgender.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:57:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42081 at http://kuer.org The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/coverage-gap-transgender-utahn-can-t-get-health-insurance-0 <p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act is in effect across the country, but some Utahns are finding that they still don’t have any options for health insurance. As part of an ongoing series, KUER looks at those in this coverage gap. In today’s installment, we meet a 32-year-old who is in the process of coming out as transgender.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:57:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42082 at http://kuer.org The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance Utah Gets Visit from Federal Healthcare Officials http://kuer.org/post/utah-gets-visit-federal-healthcare-officials <p></p><p>Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are in Utah this week on a two-day trip to talk with state lawmakers and advocates. The visit was ostensibly a chance for Utahns to meet the new regional director, but healthcare advocates say they also got a pep talk to sign more people up for insurance, and to continue pushing for a Medicaid expansion in the state.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:50:32 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41759 at http://kuer.org Utah Gets Visit from Federal Healthcare Officials House Republicans Working on “Utah Solution” for Poor, Uninsured http://kuer.org/post/house-republicans-working-utah-solution-poor-uninsured <p></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert said this week that the state has a moral obligation to provide some type of health coverage for those living in poverty. House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart says she doesn’t want to accept any federal dollars to do that. Now Republican House lawmakers are working to find a solution that will solve the so-called Medicaid gap, but will also be politically acceptable to those in their own party.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:22:30 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41546 at http://kuer.org House Republicans Working on “Utah Solution” for Poor, Uninsured Intermountain Medical Center and LDS Hospital Named National Medical Destinations of Excellence http://kuer.org/post/intermountain-medical-center-and-lds-hospital-named-national-medical-destinations-excellence <p>Intermountain Healthcare will be partnering with EdisonHealth Network to provide organ and bone marrow transplants to patients from across the country.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 41333 at http://kuer.org Intermountain Medical Center and LDS Hospital Named National Medical Destinations of Excellence How Many Injuries Take Place in Your Neighborhood? UDOH Report Has the Answers http://kuer.org/post/how-many-injuries-take-place-your-neighborhood-udoh-report-has-answers <p>The Utah Department of Health released their second ever <a href="http://health.utah.gov/vipp/pdf/2013SmallAreaReport.pdf" target="_blank">Violence and Injury Small Area report</a> today.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report summarizes data on 17 different kinds of injuries and injury related topics, like the number of emergency room visits by children or hospitalizations because of poisoning. It then takes that information and breaks it down into 62 small geographic areas. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:24:28 +0000 Brian Grimmett 41222 at http://kuer.org How Many Injuries Take Place in Your Neighborhood? UDOH Report Has the Answers Herbert Says Doing Nothing on Medicaid Expansion is Not an Option http://kuer.org/post/herbert-says-doing-nothing-medicaid-expansion-not-option <p>Governor Gary Herbert says he’s decided what the state will do about expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But he’s not ready yet to announce just what that is.</p><p>Herbert told reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED this morning that he’ll announce his decision during the legislative session, which starts next week. But he wouldn’t go into detail about just how the state plans to work with the federal government on Medicaid.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:58:03 +0000 Dan Bammes 41164 at http://kuer.org Herbert Says Doing Nothing on Medicaid Expansion is Not an Option U Physicians Investigating Fertility Clinic Mix-Up http://kuer.org/post/u-physicians-investigating-fertility-clinic-mix <p></p><p>The University of Utah is investigating an incident at a fertility clinic where an employee is accused of illegally using his own semen to father at least one baby. The University is clarifying its relationship with the now-defunct clinic, and trying to uncover what records still exist from more than 20 years ago. U officials say up to 1000 patients could possibly have been affected.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:58:56 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41128 at http://kuer.org U Physicians Investigating Fertility Clinic Mix-Up