Health Care

Utah Senators Split On Republican Health Bill

Jun 22, 2017
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On Thursday the U.S. Senate released its replacement bill for Obamacare. It was met with mixed responses, including from Utah’s Senators who helped write it.

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On Wednesday a Utah State Representative announced his plans for a bill to increase access to birth control methods for low-income Utahns.

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It’s the big theme in this week’s weather forecast, as temperatures soar 10 to 15 degrees higher than normal. The National Weather Service has teamed up with local agencies to prepare the public with a new “heat risk” warning program.

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Insurance companies are concerned congress may not fund an important federal subsidy approved under Obamacare for the coming year. That could mean higher healthcare costs for Utahns. 

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On Monday attorneys announced a settlement in a class action lawsuit between the Disability Law Center and the Utah Department of Human Services. The plaintiffs wanted to decrease the number of mentally ill people who are stuck in jail awaiting trial.

Two New Reports Rank Well-Being Of Utah Kids

Jun 13, 2017
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Two new reports out yesterday show that Utah ranks seventh in the nation for child well-being. But that number alone doesn’t tell the full story. 

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For women who have had breast cancer, a common fear is whether getting pregnant could cause their cancer to come back. A new study out this week offers hopeful news about breast cancer and pregnancy.

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Representatives from the University of Utah announced a new research center this week. It will focus on the academic study of mindfulness as a way to deal with a number of health issues including pain management. 

This week the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Republican health care bill known as American Health Care Act. KUER looked into what the CBO score could mean for Utahns.

In New Film, A Utah Portrait Of Heroin Abuse

May 16, 2017
Erik Neumann

A Utah filmmaker has a new documentary called Dying in Vein. It looks at the state’s high rates of opiate and heroin addiction through the experiences of drug users and their family members here in Utah.

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On Friday, Jon Huntsman Sr. published a two-page ad in Salt Lake City’s biggest newspapers highlighting achievements of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and distancing it from the University of Utah.

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On Thursday, House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act. One of the most controversial parts of that replacement is bringing back high-risk pools. Those lump together people with expensive pre-existing conditions into a smaller, subsidized group. The idea is that brings down insurance prices for healthier people. Ogden residents Eric Temple and his wife both have pre-existing conditions.

Drug Task Force Created To Address Opioids In Utah

May 5, 2017
Erik Neumann

On Friday the Utah Attorney General’s office and Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new task force to create a more holistic approach to dealing with opioid abuse in Utah.


On Thursday afternoon all four House members of Utah’s Congressional delegation voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act.

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After a turbulent two weeks at the University of Utah, on Monday Dr. Lorris Betz took over for Dr. Vivian Lee as interim senior vice president for health sciences. 

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Late Friday evening, University of Utah President David Pershing announced that he had accepted Dr. Vivian Lee’s resignation. She steps down from her posts as CEO of University Health Care, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. On Saturday, University President David Pershing named Dr. A. Lorris Betz as interim CEO.

DEA Holds Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Apr 28, 2017
Erik Neumann

This Saturday is Drug Enforcement Administration's "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day." Here in Utah, the DEA is adding collection boxes to dispose of drugs that contribute to the state’s opioid problem.

Utahns React To New GOP Healthcare Amendment

Apr 27, 2017
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Negotiations are again underway in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the Republican healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act. Utahns are already reacting to the draft legislation.

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Ten days after removing Mary Beckerle as leader of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, officials at the University of Utah reinstated her as the Director and CEO of HCI. 

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Over the weekend a 20-year-old Park City man died from complications after getting a double lung transplant at the University of Pennsylvania. He was initially denied that surgery in Utah after evaluators learned that he had previously smoked marijuana. 

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Just days after University of Utah leaders fired Mary Beckerle from her role as the Director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, protesters held a march demanding she be reinstated.

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University of Utah leaders removed Mary Beckerle on Monday from her post as head of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.


As the Republican Congress continues to propose changes to the Affordable Care Act, a new report from a Washington D.C. think tank is estimating how changes to the healthcare bill could affect state efforts to curb opioid abuse.

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In 2014 the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' was a viral phenomenon to raise awareness and money for A.L.S., or Lou Gehrig’s disease. New research published today from the University of Utah is providing an important step toward treating this class of degenerative brain diseases.

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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.