Health Care

Erik Neumann

Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are positioning themselves to follow through with repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  Medicaid is the health care program for low-income individuals that is funded by both the federal government and states. It’s one part of that health system that’s likely to look different if Republicans succeed. Nate Checketts is the Director of Medicaid in Utah, so he’ll play a big role in how possible changes play out here in this state. Checketts recently joined Erik Neumann  in the KUER studios. 

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A Utah lawmaker has introduced three bills that would attempt to streamline and clarify the process for vaccinating kids in Utah. 

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New research from the National Center for Veterans Studies has put strong data behind a remarkably simple approach to suicide prevention among veterans. 

Limited Utah Medicaid Expansion Announced

Feb 3, 2017
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The Utah Department of Health announced today that they will now be able to expand Medicaid health coverage to a limited number of low-income Utah parents.

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A bill being reintroduced this year focuses on expanding telemedicine in Utah. But the legislation has family planning advocates worried because the proposed expansion would exclude medical abortions. 

Erik Neumann

On Friday lawmakers announced three new bills to help lay the groundwork for the possibility of medical marijuana in Utah in the future.

Opioid Legislation Narrowly Moves To House

Jan 25, 2017
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A bill attempting to address Utah’s opioid crisis by making rules for how insurance companies prescribe drugs narrowly passed out of the House Health and Human Services committee on Wednesday.

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A Westminster College undergraduate student is headed to Florida this weekend to present his own research on traumatic brain injuries to the National Football League.  

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A new report published by Washington think tank the Urban Institute attempts to analyze how many children could lose health insurance with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In Utah, where big families are common, that number is especially large. 

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. 

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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
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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. 

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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.

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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
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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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