Health Care

Erik Neumann

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.

Whittney Evans

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. 

Alexa Ard


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
Courtesy of Utah Health Policy Project

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. 

Erik Neumann

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legislative session would attempt to solve a complex problem in healthcare: expand Medicaid while Obamacare is being repealed. 

Lee Hale


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.

Lee Hale


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.

Erik Neumann

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
Erik Neumann

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. 

Proposed Bill Intends To Curb Opioid Abuse

Nov 16, 2016
Erik Neumann

Like some other parts of the country, health workers in Utah are trying to understand how to address epidemic levels of opioid addiction. On Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol, one Representative offered his solution for dealing with the problem. 


Utah has increased the number of refugees it accepts in recent years, and that's intensifying challenges among local nonprofits to provide new residents with housing and health care.

Erik Neumann

On Sunday, Republican Senator and ER doctor, Brian Shiozawa published an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune. In it, he called for the state legislature to revisit an issue he’s been fighting for for years: an expansion of Medicaid to Utah’s uninsured residents.

Healthcare Ranks Top Issue Among Utahns

Nov 2, 2016
Christopher Collard, the Utah Foundation

A new survey out by the public policy group, the Utah Foundation, found that there’s one issue that tops the list for voters in 2016.

How Will Increasing Healthcare Costs Affect Utahns?

Oct 26, 2016
Erik Neumann

November 1 marks the beginning of open enrollment for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that premiums for consumers around the country will increase.  What does that mean for Utahns?

Erik Neumann

New research released on Thursday by the University of Utah sheds light on the connections between socioeconomic status and cancer. And the results are not what you might expect.

Erik Neumann

On Friday afternoon at the State Capitol, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a declaration making October Breast Cancer Awareness month in the state.

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Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics Laboratory is now The US Oncology Network’s preferred provider for hereditary cancer testing. 

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State lawmakers are considering a statewide hotline for people to call if they’re thinking of committing suicide.  Supporters say Utah, which has some of the highest suicide rates in the country is desperate for a number that’s easy to remember and connects callers directly to services without delay.

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Simone Jackson is spending the first morning of 7th grade at the Salt Lake County Health Department’s immunization clinic.

“After I get this,” she says, “then I’ll be able to go into my school.”

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Methamphetamine lab busts are on the decline in Utah down from 107 in 2004 to 1 in 2014.  But concerns at the Utah Department of Health are rising.

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Many of the US athletes arriving in Rio are not only participating in the Olympic games, they’re taking part in a research study about the Zika virus. A professor at the University of Utah is heading up that effort.

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A state lawmaker is working on new legislation to curb pain pill addiction in Utah. This one starts at the doctor’s office.

50% Of Zika Cases In Utah Have Been Pregnant Women

Jul 22, 2016

Utah health officials are trying to raise awareness about the risks of Zika for pregnant women and babies in utero. Of the eight known cases in the state, four were pregnant at the time of infection.

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Local health officials confirmed Monday a new case of Zika in Utah, but they don’t know how the infection occurred.

Court Orders Utah to Fund Planned Parenthood

Jul 12, 2016
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A federal appeals court is ordering Utah to continue sending money to the state branch of Planned Parenthood.

Whittney Evans

Zika virus contributed to the death of a Salt Lake County resident last month. County health officials say it’s the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S.

Youth Suicide Drives Down Utah's Child Health Ranking

Jun 20, 2016
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A new report shows that Utah is not making the same progress on children’s health insurance coverage or child death rates as other states. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the state dropped from 7th to 27th in this year’s child health ranking.

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