Health Care

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How does access to contraceptives affect women’s lives? That’s a question researchers at the University of Utah and Planned Parenthood are trying to answer. 

Governor Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

Mar 27, 2017
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Women are reacting to a new law in Utah that will require doctors to present certain information to those seeking a medication-induced abortion. 

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In Utah and many other parts of the country, opioid abuse is a major problem. Now, researchers at the University of Utah are studying the venom of a tropical snail because it could offer a template for a safer drug.

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 A group from the Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) gathered outside the Federal Building in Downtown Salt Lake City Tuesday Afternoon. They were protesting the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act saying that Republicans in congress have overlooked the needs of Americans with disabilities.

Drug Database Updated To Curb Opioid Abuse

Mar 17, 2017
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On Friday the Utah Department of Commerce released an updated prescription drug database for doctors. The goal is to curb opioid abuse by helping doctors tell if patients are being prescribed dangerous drug combinations.  

Zika Cases Continue To Appear In Utah

Mar 13, 2017
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Cases of the Zika virus continue to appear in Utah according to the Utah Department of Health. With the mosquito season affecting parts of the U.S., epidemiologists are paying close attention.

Utah Lawmakers React To Republican Health Care Bill

Mar 13, 2017
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The Republican replacement to the Affordable Care Act was released last week. It’s called the American Health Care Act. Since then, several Utah lawmakers have weighed in on the proposed legislation.

Immunization Bills Advance To Senate Floor

Mar 6, 2017
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On Monday two bills passed out of a State Senate Committee. Both focus on vaccinations for Utah school kids. 

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Utah Representatives Mia Love and Chris Stewart fielded questions from constituents about health care during separate telephone town halls Wednesday night.

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Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are positioning themselves to follow through with repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  Medicaid is the health care program for low-income individuals that is funded by both the federal government and states. It’s one part of that health system that’s likely to look different if Republicans succeed. Nate Checketts is the Director of Medicaid in Utah, so he’ll play a big role in how possible changes play out here in this state. Checketts recently joined Erik Neumann  in the KUER studios. 

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A Utah lawmaker has introduced three bills that would attempt to streamline and clarify the process for vaccinating kids in Utah. 

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New research from the National Center for Veterans Studies has put strong data behind a remarkably simple approach to suicide prevention among veterans. 

Limited Utah Medicaid Expansion Announced

Feb 3, 2017
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The Utah Department of Health announced today that they will now be able to expand Medicaid health coverage to a limited number of low-income Utah parents.

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A bill being reintroduced this year focuses on expanding telemedicine in Utah. But the legislation has family planning advocates worried because the proposed expansion would exclude medical abortions. 

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On Friday lawmakers announced three new bills to help lay the groundwork for the possibility of medical marijuana in Utah in the future.

Opioid Legislation Narrowly Moves To House

Jan 25, 2017
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A bill attempting to address Utah’s opioid crisis by making rules for how insurance companies prescribe drugs narrowly passed out of the House Health and Human Services committee on Wednesday.

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A Westminster College undergraduate student is headed to Florida this weekend to present his own research on traumatic brain injuries to the National Football League.  

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A new report published by Washington think tank the Urban Institute attempts to analyze how many children could lose health insurance with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In Utah, where big families are common, that number is especially large. 

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Utah has one of the highest rates of opioid deaths in the country. That has prompted lawmakers to write four bills to address the epidemic levels of abuse in the upcoming legislative session.

Utahns With Obamacare Worry What's Next

Jan 16, 2017
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Republicans in Congress took the first steps last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act in two procedural votes, and that has Utahns with coverage under the health law worried about what could happen to their insurance.

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The Fourth Street Clinic is, for homeless individuals, conveniently located in the Rio Grande neighborhood between The Road Home shelter and Rescue Mission. But with new shelters and low-income housing planned in other areas of the city, patients will be more spread out. That means the non-profit clinic  will have to work harder to reach them.

Tax Credit For Utah Psychiatrists Takes Effect

Jan 3, 2017
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A law that goes into effect this week will attempt to lure mental health providers to Utah and reward those currently practicing in the state with tax credits. 

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Ask any member of Utah’s congressional delegation what should happen to the Affordable Care Act next year and you’ll likely get an answer similar to this one by Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Utah Leads States In Obamacare Signups

Dec 20, 2016
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For those who want insurance on January 1st, Monday was the deadline to purchase it under the Affordable Care Act. So far, Utah is at the top of the list for enrollees. 

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A new bill being drafted for Utah’s upcoming legislative session would attempt to solve a complex problem in healthcare: expand Medicaid while Obamacare is being repealed. 

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Youth suicide prevention was the topic of a roundtable discussion at East High School in Salt Lake City Friday. The clearest takeaway was the need for a more effective crisis hotline.

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Utah has the 8th highest rate of youth suicide in the country. It has been steadily rising since 2011 and mental health experts in the state say it’s a crisis that can’t be ignored.

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A new law approved this month will allow pharmacies throughout Utah to sell the opioid overdose drug, naloxone, without a prescription.

Feeling Stressed? Try A Therapy Dog

Dec 1, 2016
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There are lots of reasons you might be stressed out this time of year: the holidays, post-election angst, and for students, soon it will be finals. One Utah group is trying to relieve some of that stress. And to do it, they're using dogs. 

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A Utah lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require doctors to tell women seeking abortions about a possible way to stop the procedure part way through. 

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