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With government programs like Medicaid, the definition of what constitutes homelessness or employment can mean the difference between getting help or not. State officials are finding that out with unexpectedly low enrollment rates with the recent Medicaid expansion

Youth Suicide Rate Has More Than Doubled In Utah

Nov 30, 2017
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New data about suicide in Utah was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Utah Department of Health today, and it’s not good. Rates of youth suicide rose by over 140 percent in Utah in recent years.

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Utah is consistently in the top 10 states for opioid overdose deaths. For years many Utahns have suffered in silence when it comes to addiction. But one grassroots group called The Addict’s Mom is creating a place to talk about it.

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In Utah approximately 19,500 kids are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP. It provides coverage for uninsured kids in low-to-middle-income households. But so far, the reauthorization of that program has stalled in Congress. 

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Several medical marijuana bills will be introduced in Utah’s upcoming legislative session. But not all cannabis advocates support them.

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Utahns employed to help people navigate signing up for Obamacare insurance are busier than usual. That's after two weeks in the 2017 open enrollment period.

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An underused database to track prescription opioid abuse has been updated and streamlined for doctors in Utah.

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Officials have announced that a small-scale Medicaid expansion request in Utah was approved by the federal government. For lawmakers focused on difficult problems like homelessness and drug addiction, it was a time to celebrate. 

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Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, starts tomorrow. Obamacare was threatened with repeal numerous times this year but for now it’s still the law. 

High-Speed Jet To Quicken Organ Transplant Delivery

Oct 30, 2017
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Donations of vital human organs like hearts and livers will happen faster and more reliably for patients in and around Utah. That’s because of a recently acquired high-speed jet at Intermountain Life Flight

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The beginning of the 2018 enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will happen Nov. 1. It comes after a series of changes to the sign-up period.

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Utah’s Senators are not supporting a plan in Washington that would continue subsidies that bring down the cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. 

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You’ve probably heard the statistics: Utah ranks fifth in the nation for death by suicide, and it’s the leading cause of death for 10-17-year-olds. To try to better understand why suicide is such a problem here, the Department of Health recently hired sociologist Michael Staley to research it.

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When police get called for a domestic disturbance or a shooting, we often think of the officers who put themselves in dangerous situations. But dispatchers at the Salt Lake Unified Police Department are another group of emergency responders who deal with their own type of stress and trauma

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Ending what likely has been a very stressful week for many, the mental health professionals at Odyssey House in Salt Lake City are offering free counseling sessions Saturday the 7th of October.

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After a period of tension between the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, the University’s Board of Trustees approved a new memorandum of understanding today detailing their business relationship. 

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The Park City Hospital hosted a free naloxone training this week. That’s the drug used to reverse an opioid overdose. The event drew a big response from Park City residents. 

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Sponsors of the Utah Decides Healthcare ballot initiative submitted their bill language to the Lieutenant Governor’s office on Monday. The initiative would put Medicaid expansion up to voters in 2018.

Obamacare Rates Could Jump For Some Next Year

Sep 28, 2017
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The Utah Insurance Department announced their rates for next year’s Obamacare health plans on Thursday. It’s a significant increase, but it won’t affect everyone equally. 

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The Utah Insurance Department will publish next year’s health insurance rates for Obamacare providers in the state today. This year it’s a big jump. 

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A Utah nonprofit that helps people sign up for health insurance recently learned they’ll be getting much less money from the federal government next year. They help people sign up for Obamacare and low-income health insurance programs. 

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Todd Allen is the medical director of the emergency department at Intermountain Healthcare. Last month, he announced that Intermountain would reduce prescription levels of opioid painkillers by 40 percent by the end of 2018. Allen recently spoke with KUER about how they plan to do that. 

Sen. Hatch Leads Hearing On Obamacare Replacement

Sep 25, 2017
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Sen. Orrin Hatch led a contentious hearing Monday on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Utah’s senators could have one more chance to vote on a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but time is running out.

Suicide Rate Continues To Rise In Utah

Sep 12, 2017
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This month is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Utah and the rest of the states in the Intermountain West rank in the top ten for death by suicide.

Conference Discusses Indian Childhood Trauma In Utah

Aug 31, 2017
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On Thursday, the Utah Indian Child Welfare Conference took place in downtown Salt Lake City. The conference focused on trauma experienced by Native American children and how to heal from it.

Study Shows Religious Women Less Informed About HPV

Aug 30, 2017
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A new study from researchers at the University of Utah shows people who identify as religious are less informed than non-religious people about the human papillomavirus and the HPV vaccine. It also shows they are less likely to get vaccinated.

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A national outbreak of hepatitis A has led to a spike in local cases of the disease. That prompted local health officials to host four temporary vaccination clinics around Salt Lake City.

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Utah lawmakers and healthcare officials are talking about bringing back high risk pools to Utah’s health insurance market. They met at the state capitol Wednesday for an update on the state’s healthcare system. 

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Today, the medical marijuana advocacy group Utah Patients Coalition kicked off their signature gathering campaign with hopes of getting an initiative on the 2018 ballot.

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