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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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University of Utah Health Plans announced this week they’ll expand marketplace insurance under the Affordable Care Act in 2018. They’ll go from covering about half the counties in Utah to the whole state.

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Clark Planetarium and the John Am Moran Eye Center want Utahns to toss out potentially faulty eclipse viewers.

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Utah Department of Health officials announced this week they’re opening enrollment for a state health insurance program called the Primary Care Network to adults without children. It’s the first time that specific coverage has been available since late 2015.

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On Thursday President Trump described the opioid epidemic as an emergency and alluded to putting more resources towards the national health crisis. 

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September 30th marks the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. Local healthcare advocates are concerned because it’s the time when federal funding for two health programs in Utah is set to expire.

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A court case is playing out between the Drug Enforcement Agency and the state of Utah. At issue is whether the DEA should have greater access to private prescription drug information.

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Last week Molina Healthcare announced it would no longer offer health insurance plans to Utah residents on the federal exchange in 2018. 

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This week advocates for the Utah Medical Cannabis Act held public meetings around the state for input about a medical marijuana law in Utah. They hope to gather enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot in November.

West Nile Virus Season Begins In Utah

Jul 25, 2017
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It’s the beginning of West Nile Virus season in Utah. So far officials at the Utah Department of Health have not discovered anyone who has contracted the disease. But state officials have identified eight pools of water around the state that have tested positive for West Nile. 

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A psychologist at University of Utah is examining whether growing up in stressful environments could be positive for kids.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee was one of two Republican defectors to sink a GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Today other Republican senators signaled they would not support a different effort to simply repeal the law.  

Utah Sen. Lee Talks Healthcare In Tele-town hall

Jul 12, 2017

On Wednesday night Utah Senator Mike Lee answered questions about healthcare by video from Washington D.C.

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One of Salt Lake Valley’s Community Health Centers is losing its building this year. Staff say it’s because of increasing gentrification and real-estate pressures in Salt Lake City.

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