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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Intermountain Healthcare announced an effort Thursday to reduce drug overdose deaths by increasing access to an antidote called Naloxone. Utahns can now visit any Intermountain community pharmacy in the state and buy Naloxone without a prescription from a doctor.
Utah’s Safe Haven Law has saved roughly 40 children since it went into effect 15 years ago. State officials hope the law will continue to encourage women to anonymously give up custody of their newborns rather than abandon them.
Utah health officials are now saying that a limited Medicaid expansion passed by the legislature this year will cover fewer people than anticipated. Meanwhile, it’s not clear whether the federal government will even approve the plan.