Health Care http://kuer.org en Health Reform Still Stalled in Utah http://kuer.org/post/health-reform-still-stalled-utah <p></p><p>Some conservative lawmakers are still resisting an expansion of Medicaid in Utah, despite testimony from those who can’t afford health coverage and a new analysis showing the economic benefits of the Governor’s Healthy Utah proposal.</p><p>Charlotte Lawrence tried to contain her emotion as she sat before the state’s health reform task force, with her children on either side. She explained that she is a single parent, working two full time jobs, and she has been diagnosed with cancer. She says she’s done all she can to provide for herself and her family, but it’s not enough.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:17:58 +0000 Andrea Smardon 51354 at http://kuer.org SLCo Health Department Reports State's First Human West Nile Virus Case http://kuer.org/post/slco-health-department-reports-states-first-human-west-nile-virus-case <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://slcohealth.org/">Salt Lake County Health Department</a> has confirmed Utah’s first human case of <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/">West Nile Virus</a> this year. Health officials are urging people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne virus.&nbsp; Dr. Dagmar Vitek is a health director with the Salt Lake County Health Department.&nbsp; She says the department does regular testing for the presence of the virus in mosquitoes.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:22:53 +0000 Bob Nelson 51188 at http://kuer.org SLCo Health Department Reports State's First Human West Nile Virus Case IMC Unveils Larger, More Powerful MRI Device http://kuer.org/post/imc-unveils-larger-more-powerful-mri-device <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/imed/Pages/home.aspx">Intermountain Medical Center</a> has unveiled their new, larger and more powerful 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI Wednesday.</p><p>Linda Campbell is the MRI Coordinator for <a href="http://intermountainhealthcare.org/Pages/home.aspx">IHC</a>’s Urban Central Region.&nbsp; She says improving technology enhances the machinery in the real world.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:16:31 +0000 Bob Nelson 50674 at http://kuer.org IMC Unveils Larger, More Powerful MRI Device Utahn Tests Smaller, Wireless Pacemakers http://kuer.org/post/utahn-tests-smaller-wireless-pacemakers <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/imed/services/heart-institute/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Intermountain Medical Center</a> in Murray is one of 50 hospitals nationwide involved in a research trial for next-generation pacemakers.&nbsp; Last month one of its doctors implanted the new, wireless device in a grandmother from Logan.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 50568 at http://kuer.org Utahn Tests Smaller, Wireless Pacemakers Survey Shows Utah Uninsured Rate Unchanged by Obamacare http://kuer.org/post/survey-shows-utah-uninsured-rate-unchanged-obamacare <p></p><p>A national poll shows Utah’s uninsured rate has not changed since the federal Affordable Care Act required all Americans to have health insurance.&nbsp; This reflects trends across the country, where states that fully embraced the law's coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents. But Utah and other states whose leaders still object to Obamacare are seeing much less change.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:41:03 +0000 Andrea Smardon 50404 at http://kuer.org Survey Shows Utah Uninsured Rate Unchanged by Obamacare Utah Health Department Updates Contingency Plan for Ebola http://kuer.org/post/utah-health-department-updates-contingency-plan-ebola <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah’s state health department is updating its plan to deal with any possible case of Ebola that might turn up in the state, even though the risk of an outbreak in the United States is low.</p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:33:46 +0000 Dan Bammes 50230 at http://kuer.org Utah Health Department Updates Contingency Plan for Ebola Utah Man Receives Kidney from Donor Infected with Hepatitis C http://kuer.org/post/utah-man-receives-kidney-donor-infected-hepatitis-c <p></p><p>University of Utah Hospital surgeons performed a kidney transplant this week using an organ from a donor with hepatitis C.</p><p>61-year-old Andres Galvan of West Jordan has a huge smile on his face, just four days after his kidney transplant. He raises his hands in the air as he thanks God and his doctors for what seems like a miracle. Doctor Jeffrey Campsen performed the surgery, and he says Galvan’s operation is a huge step for healthcare in Utah.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:18:08 +0000 Andrea Smardon 50084 at http://kuer.org Utah Man Receives Kidney from Donor Infected with Hepatitis C Utah Leads U.S. in Melanoma Rates, Health Officials Issue Call to Action http://kuer.org/post/utah-leads-us-melanoma-rates-health-officials-issue-call-action <p>The US Surgeon General issued a <a href="http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/prevent-skin-cancer/call-to-action-prevent-skin-cancer.pdf">call to action </a>Tuesday to prevent skin cancer. &nbsp;It’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country, and Utah has a higher rate of melanoma than any other state.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:28:57 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49980 at http://kuer.org Utah Leads U.S. in Melanoma Rates, Health Officials Issue Call to Action Utah Stroke Survivors Take Part in National Dance Day http://kuer.org/post/utah-stroke-survivors-take-part-national-dance-day <p></p><p>A group of Utah dancers was featured this week on the Fox show <em>So You Think You Can Dance</em>. <a href="http://dizzyfeetfoundation.org/national-dance-day/">National Dance Day</a> is Saturday, and the group submitted<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI3Ao5OK6mE"> a video</a> of the routine that many are doing across the country in hopes of being featured on the program.&nbsp; But these Salt Lake City dancers have a special distinction. They’re all stroke survivors.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:29:50 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49814 at http://kuer.org Utah Stroke Survivors Take Part in National Dance Day Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now http://kuer.org/post/utahns-keep-health-insurance-subsidies-now <p></p><p>A federal court in Washington DC ruled Tuesday that Obamacare subsidies are illegal. Utah is among 36 states that would&nbsp;potentially be affected by this ruling, but for now, Utahns will continue to receive those subsidies.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:23:26 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49718 at http://kuer.org Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos http://kuer.org/post/west-nile-virus-detected-utah-mosquitos <p></p><p>Health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos in Utah. But so far, no human cases have been reported. &nbsp;The virus has been found in mosquito pools in Box Elder and Uintah counties. Rebecca Ward with the Utah Department of Health says humans who contract the virus may not necessarily develop symptoms, but it can be very serious, particularly for those with compromised immune systems.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:05:16 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49660 at http://kuer.org West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky http://kuer.org/post/airmed-takes-emergency-newborn-care-sky <p></p><p>A University of Utah AirMed team can now deliver emergency care to newborn babies. The perinatal team has just been licensed to transport babies from zero to 30 days, and they have a new larger helicopter for the necessary equipment.</p><p>University of Utah chief flight nurse Bart Chournos says he’s been treating pregnant mothers for 30 years. He travels by helicopter to expecting moms in need of urgent care at smaller, regional hospitals throughout the Mountain west.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:20:44 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49497 at http://kuer.org AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated http://kuer.org/post/u-study-shows-medicaid-expansion-population-bigger-previously-estimated <p></p><p>Utah lawmakers were stunned to hear Thursday that the number of people who fall in the so-called health coverage gap is significantly higher than they thought. Researchers from the University of Utah presented <a href="http://le.utah.gov/interim/2014/pdf/00003826.pdf">results from a new report</a> on the Medicaid eligibility expansion population&nbsp;to a state health committee.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:15:21 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49448 at http://kuer.org U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated Health Advocates Stage Limbo Contest at Lockhart’s Office http://kuer.org/post/health-advocates-stage-limbo-contest-lockhart-s-office <p></p><p>Wearing fake grass skirts and plastic leis, health advocates took turns going under a limbo pole in front of House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart’s office Wednesday. The idea was to highlight the plight of Utahns who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap, and the pole was steadily lowered to represent each month this year that they have not been able to pay for healthcare. The mood was light, but Christine Stenquist quickly became emotional when she began talking about why she is taking part in this demonstration.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:10:40 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49385 at http://kuer.org Health Advocates Stage Limbo Contest at Lockhart’s Office Audit Validates Salt Lake County’s New Behavioral Health Model http://kuer.org/post/audit-validates-salt-lake-county-s-new-behavioral-health-model <p></p><p>An <a href="http://slco.org/uploadedFiles/depot/fMayor/BehavioralHealth_Audit.pdf">independent audit </a>of Salt Lake County’s Behavioral Health Services system was released Tuesday. Officials say it validates the county’s move to a managed-care model.&nbsp; County Mayor Ben McAdams called for the audit last year following news that provider Valley Behavioral Health (VBH) would discontinue service to hundreds of patients due to budget cuts.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:37:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49328 at http://kuer.org Audit Validates Salt Lake County’s New Behavioral Health Model U Research Aims to Help African Refugees Deliver Healthier Babies http://kuer.org/post/u-research-aims-help-african-refugees-deliver-healthier-babies <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Some minority babies in Utah are more likely to experience health problems or die than their white counterparts. That’s especially true for refugees. A new research project out of the University of Utah aims to help African refugee mothers deliver healthier babies.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:55:21 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49104 at http://kuer.org U Research Aims to Help African Refugees Deliver Healthier Babies Utah Hemp Card Applications Open Tuesday http://kuer.org/post/utah-hemp-card-applications-open-tuesday <p></p><p>Tuesday Utah residents will be able to <a href="http://health.utah.gov/hempregistry/FINALAPForm072014.pdf">apply for a special card</a> that allows them to legally possess hemp oil for medical treatment purposes. The law that sets up the program went into effect this month.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:26:54 +0000 Bob Nelson 48912 at http://kuer.org Utah Hemp Card Applications Open Tuesday U Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome http://kuer.org/post/u-research-could-lead-new-treatment-metabolic-syndrome <p>Metabolic syndrome is the term used for a number of conditions that are linked together - diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. It affects up to 25 percent of adults in the United States. KUER's Dan Bammes reports new local research is showing how they're related - and how they might be treated.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:09:33 +0000 Dan Bammes 48893 at http://kuer.org U Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome Primary Children's Hospital to Study Cannabis Based Treatment http://kuer.org/post/primary-childrens-hospital-study-cannabis-based-treatment <p>Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City is on the verge of becoming one of a few sites in the country to study the effectiveness of cannabis based product intended to treat epilepsy in children.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:09:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48649 at http://kuer.org Primary Children's Hospital to Study Cannabis Based Treatment Utah Health Department Wants More Federal Money to Prevent Obesity and Injuries http://kuer.org/post/utah-health-department-wants-more-federal-money-prevent-obesity-and-injuries <p>The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) wants more money from the federal government to help prevent obesity and injury, and is seeking public input on its proposal. The UDOH is asking for 1.5 million dollars for <a href="http://health.utah.gov/phhsbg/">Preventive Health and Health Services</a>. That’s an $850,000 dollar increase over the amount Utah originally applied for this fiscal year. Currently, the block grant funds are primarily used by the state and local health departments for the prevention of obesity and injury. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:01:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 48371 at http://kuer.org Poll Shows Broad Support for Governor's Healthy Utah Plan http://kuer.org/post/poll-shows-broad-support-governors-healthy-utah-plan <p class="p1">A new poll shows that Utahns broadly support Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan, which aims to help low income residents get affordable health insurance.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:16:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47937 at http://kuer.org Poll Shows Broad Support for Governor's Healthy Utah Plan Utah Ranks Low in HPV Vaccinations http://kuer.org/post/utah-ranks-low-hpv-vaccinations <p></p><p>A vaccination known to prevent cervical cancer is still not offered at public health departments in at least five Utah counties. Meanwhile, the state is nearly dead last in the number of girls who get vaccinated.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:15:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 47902 at http://kuer.org Utah Ranks Low in HPV Vaccinations Salt Lake County Medicaid Argument Doesn’t Sway Republican Lawmaker http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-medicaid-argument-doesn-t-sway-republican-lawmaker <p></p><p>The Salt Lake County Council is sending a letter this week to the Utah legislature asking them to support the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan and accept Medicaid funds. County councilors have said those federal funds could offset a 12 percent budget shortfall for behavioral health services expected next year. But so far, state lawmakers are holding firm in their positions on Medicaid.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:51:24 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47722 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Medicaid Argument Doesn’t Sway Republican Lawmaker Salt Lake County to Cut Services if State Doesn’t Accept Medicaid Funds http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-cut-services-if-state-doesn-t-accept-medicaid-funds <p></p><p>Salt Lake County faces a budget shortfall and service cuts if the state doesn’t accept Medicaid funds from the federal government. The County Council will draft a letter at their meeting Tuesday urging state lawmakers to support the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan, and to do it this summer before the County has to complete its budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Democratic Salt Lake County Councilor Sam Granato was hoping the legislature would have made a decision by now on whether Utah should accept Medicaid funds to provide health coverage for more than 110,000 low-income Utahns.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:30:24 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47541 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County to Cut Services if State Doesn’t Accept Medicaid Funds Ground Broken on New Children's Cancer Research Facility http://kuer.org/post/ground-broken-new-childrens-cancer-research-facility <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dignitaries and religious leaders gathered at the Huntsman Cancer Institute today to break ground on a new research center that will be dedicated to fighting cancers that affect children.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Terry Gildea 47458 at http://kuer.org Ground Broken on New Children's Cancer Research Facility Film Highlights Utah’s Health Coverage Gap http://kuer.org/post/film-highlights-utah-s-health-coverage-gap <p></p><p>A film debuting Tuesday in Salt Lake City highlights Utah’s low income citizens who don’t have access to affordable health insurance.&nbsp; The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2kEubKv1LI">new documentary</a> tells the stories of Utah adults who fall within the state's coverage gap, earning too little to buy subsidized insurance on healthcare.gov, but too much to receive Medicaid.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:50:33 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47277 at http://kuer.org Film Highlights Utah’s Health Coverage Gap 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 Most Utahns in Health “Coverage Gap” are Working http://kuer.org/post/most-utahns-health-coverage-gap-are-working <p></p><p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced this week that he’s made good progress negotiating with the federal government on his alternative to Medicaid expansion. The governor says there are still some sticking points in the negotiations – including work requirements for those receiving government assistance. But a new study shows that many of those citizens are already working.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 22:03:07 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46781 at http://kuer.org Most Utahns in Health “Coverage Gap” are Working Utah Lawmakers Put Off Healthcare Decisions for Low Income Citizens http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmakers-put-healthcare-decisions-low-income-citizens <p></p><p>Utah’s Republican lawmakers say they’re not ready to make any decisions about Medicaid expansion or <a href="http://www.utah.gov/governor/news_media/article.html?article=9747">the governor’s alternative plan</a>. That means over 110,000 low income Utahns will likely be waiting at least until next year before they know what their health insurance options may be.</p><p>At a GOP caucus this week, Republicans legislators determined that they don’t all agree when it comes to Medicaid and healthcare reform.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 03:56:28 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46729 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmakers Put Off Healthcare Decisions for Low Income Citizens Utah Teen Births Down, But Chlamydia Rates Up http://kuer.org/post/utah-teen-births-down-chlamydia-rates <p></p><p>The teen birth rate continues to decline in Utah, but some sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. That’s according to <a href="http://www.utahchildren.org/kids-count">recently released data</a> on child well-being in the state.</p><p>The data comes from <a href="http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx">KIDS COUNT,</a> a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Terry Haven, Deputy Director for Voices for Utah Children, says she sees some positive trends in this year’s child well-being report.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 22:10:59 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46601 at http://kuer.org Utah Teen Births Down, But Chlamydia Rates Up