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Carbon County has some of the highest rates of opioid overdoses and death by suicide in the state. This week the Southeast Utah Health Department held a conference in Price to talk about it. Organizers called it the HOPE Summit.

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A bill coming up for debate would make Utah the first state in the nation to allow residents to buy prescription drugs from Canada for less than they cost in the U.S. It’s getting pushback from pharmaceutical companies.

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A House bill to allow the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow cannabis for medical and research purposes passed by the narrowest of margins Tuesday.

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For the first time the federal government has allowed states to develop work requirements for people on Medicaid, the low-income government health insurance program. It’s a big change, requiring people to work in exchange for health care. Utah is one of 10 states that applied to do it. At least one bill in the legislature is sketching out what work requirements could look like.

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A bill that would expand birth control options for low-income women in Utah advanced in the legislature today.

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Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Many use powerful opioids to treat it. But what if there was a way to manage chronic pain with your mind instead of drugs? That’s the focus of one researcher at the University of Utah. 

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Funeral planning can be an emotional, vulnerable time for family members. It’s also a time when people regularly spend thousands of dollars on funeral costs. According to a new report, Salt Lake City is just one place where online price transparency for funerals is lacking.

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Intermountain Healthcare is getting into the drug-making business. That announcement came from representatives today who said they’ll partner with four other healthcare systems on a plan to start manufacturing low-cost, generic medications. 

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, provides low-cost health coverage for around 20,000 kids in Utah each year. Senator Orrin Hatch helped create it in 1997 with Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy. It covers children in families that make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but who can’t afford private health insurance. This past September, federal funding for CHIP expired and Congress still hasn’t reauthorized it. KUER's Erik Neumann recently spoke with Lincoln Nehring, the CEO of Voices for Utah Children, to find out what’s at stake. 

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Odyssey House is Utah’s biggest addiction treatment provider. On Thursday officials unveiled a new inpatient facility to help people struggling with opioid addiction, roughly doubling treatment capacity. 

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A hepatitis A scare at a 7-Eleven in West Jordan prompted hundreds of people to call the Salt Lake County Health Department yesterday. Over 300 were advised to get preventative vaccines.

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After a slow start to Utah’s flu season, the virus is in full swing. Health experts say the current strain is similar to last year’s.

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One person dies from an opioid overdose nearly every day in Utah. In this heavily Mormon state, one addict-turned prevention advocate is asking the question: is the LDS church doing enough to address the state’s opioid problem?

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Salt Lake County health officials issued a warning Sunday to people who visited a West Jordan 7-11 recently. They might have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would restrict legal immigrant children from accessing health care through Medicaid and CHIP.

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Expanding Medicaid has long been a controversial subject in Utah. But a new poll shows a majority of Utahns support greater access to low-income health insurance under an upcoming citizen ballot initiative. 

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Congress left town for Christmas vacation after approving just enough money to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP through March. That's left left many parents in Utah who depend on the program, like Sonja Reynolds. worried about what might be next.

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Last year, Utah lost almost as many people to drug overdoses as the number of people who live in the town of Corinne in Box Elder County. Six hundred and thirty-five to be exact.

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Today is the last day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. With this year’s shortened sign up period, enrollment in Utah is lower than last year. 

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For the first time, the Utah Department of Health produced a statewide study looking at health according to residents’ disability status. 

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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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