Health Care

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Two competing medical marijuana bills were approved by legislative panels Thursday after some emotional testimony.

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Two medical marijuana proposals will be vetted by separate Utah legislative committees Thursday.

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The World Health Organization has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health officials are most concerned about possible birth defects when a pregnant woman is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus.

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As another Utah legislative session gets underway, the question remains whether lawmakers will expand Medicaid.

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Democrats in the Utah House of Representatives are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to reverse his decision to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, but the governor is not standing down.

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Influenza has claimed its first Utah victim of this year’s flu season. Salt Lake County Health Department officials announced the confirmed case Monday; a 65 year-old resident who had not received the seasonal flu vaccine.

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Low-income and homeless patients at Volunteers of America’s Cornerstone Counseling Center can now access primary care in the same facility they go to get help for substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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Utah’s rate of vaccination for HPV, or Human papillomavirus, is well below the national average.  The Utah Department of Health is launching a new media campaign aimed at increasing the rate of HPV vaccinations among 11-12 year old Utahns.

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There’s a new storefront at Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City, but they’re not selling shoes or clothes. They’re in the business of healthcare.

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On Friday, President Obama signed into law a bill that would increase the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by two billion dollars. For health scientists at the University of Utah, the outlook for 2016 just got brighter.

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US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell wants Utahns to sign up for health insurance if they haven’t done so yet. On average, insurance companies in Utah are raising premium rates 10 to 20 percent in the coming year, and three insurers have dropped out of the marketplace entirely, but Burwell insists Utahns should be able to find affordable coverage.

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Children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder are getting tested at a younger age. That’s according to a study conducted in Utah and four other states. The research suggests that a national effort to have kids evaluated when they are younger is working.

Health officials are cutting the ribbon Wednesday on a new clinic in West Valley City intended to provide a medical home for those who are uninsured or underserved.

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Utahns spend less on health care than anyone else in the country. That’s according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Utah Health officials are investigating illnesses in Utah and six other states associated with chicken salad sold by Costco.

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Governor Gary Herbert has appointed a new inspector general of Medicaid services in Utah.

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Concerns over potential exposure to hepatitis C have expanded to a second Utah hospital.

During this open enrollment period for health insurance, the White House has issued a challenge to 20 communities across the country, including greater Salt Lake City.

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The federal government has released a new online mapping tool that shows Medicare opioid prescription claims in the United States. Utah’s claims are above the national average.

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A nurse fired from an Ogden hospital last year is believed to be connected to one person infected with hepatitis C and could have exposed thousands more.

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Utah’s first climbing wall dedicated to helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction is under construction. Salt Lake City’s nonprofit sober gym and community center is called Fit to Recover.

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Thousands of Utahns are looking for new insurance now that the state’s nonprofit cooperative Arches Health Plan is closing its doors. Those living in rural areas don’t have a lot of options.

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Some Utah drug treatment centers have allegedly been collecting millions of dollars in insurance payments for services they never provided, but it’s not clear what can be done to stop the fraud.

Utahns who buy their health insurance through the federal exchange can expect substantial rate increases next year. The Utah Insurance Department updated the state Health Reform Task Force on the changes Thursday.

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Governor Gary Herbert shifted much of the blame for Utah’s Medicaid expansion stalemate on inherent flaws in the Affordable Care Act.

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Treatment following a diagnosis for breast cancer in Utah has some of the best success rates in the nation according to Dr. Brett Parkinson. He’s the imaging director for breast care services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

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As one Utah lawmaker continues his push for the state to allow medical marijuana, two of his GOP colleagues have introduced a scaled-back alternative.

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The latest proposal to expand Medicaid in Utah was overwhelmingly rejected by Republicans in the House of Representatives this week, but lawmakers may have a way forward. 

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The latest compromise plan to expand Medicaid appears to be dead. House Republicans rejected the proposal in a closed door caucus meeting Tuesday night.

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A key decision about whether to expand Medicaid in Utah will be decided by a group of Republican lawmakers behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon. The GOP caucus of the House of Representatives is expected to take a poll to see if members support the latest proposal, but the rest of the state’s lawmakers will likely never get to vote on it.

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