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A partial Medicaid expansion plan that would provide healthcare coverage to Utah’s most vulnerable population failed to pass the senate floor on Thursday.

Governor Gary Herbert says he’s still holding out hope that his amended Healthy Utah plan will be considered by the state House of Representatives, even though House Speaker Greg Hughes says it has no chance of passing.

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Out of Committee

Feb 26, 2015
Brian Grimmett

A Senate Committee has approved a bill that would make medical marijuana legal in Utah.

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A bill modeled after Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan “Healthy Utah” passed the full Senate Wednesday. But the bill might be stalled in the House. 

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A new bill would make Utah the 24th state to allow the medical use of marijuana. The measure also allows for medical marijuana entrepreneurs.

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Utah Department of Health officials declared an end to the measles outbreak in the state Wednesday.

"Right to Try" Bill Approved by Senate Committee

Feb 24, 2015
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Lawmakers in a Utah Senate Health and Human Services committee approved a bill Tuesday that would allow the use of experimental drugs by patients with terminal illnesses.

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The group Voices for Utah children released a study this week that shows how Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan could help working families.

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A new Brigham Young University study finds that adolescent teens can train their brains to make better food choices.

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A bill challenging Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan is moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Utahns “Lined Up Out the Door” for Health Insurance

Feb 13, 2015

This weekend is the deadline to buy health insurance through the federal marketplace. Utah's second open enrollment period for insurance through the Affordable Care Act closes on February 15th.

Taylor Hayes

A doctor who spent time treating Ebola patients in Africa sat down with Utah Department of Health Employees on Thursday to share her experiences.

Brian Grimmett

Legislators tasked with prioritizing social service budget items discussed two bills Wednesday that take different approaches on filling Utah’s Medicaid gap.

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A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill that would be an alternative to Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan.

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Republican state lawmakers held a conference call last week with federal government officials to talk about possible alternatives to Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan. They did not include the governor on this call.

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Governor Gary Herbert made the case for his Medicaid expansion plan this week, but fellow Republican lawmakers are still not convinced.

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As the rate of children with autism continues to grow, a new study authored by a BYU professor shows that a typical pediatric exam may not be adequate to detect autism risk. It was published in the journal Pediatrics this week.

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A new study shows that children increase their fruit and vegetable intake if they eat school lunch after recess. The study was conducted by researchers at The Veggie Project, a Brigham Young University initiative.

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Utah lawmakers unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would let terminally-ill patients obtain experimental drugs that have not been federally approved.

Taylor Hayes

The Salt Lake County Health Department released a study on Thursday showing that a majority of liquids sold locally for use in e-cigarettes have significantly different levels of nicotine than their labels claim. 

Two Measles Cases Confirmed in Utah

Jan 7, 2015

Two Utah County residents have tested positive for measles after a trip to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in mid-December.

The Utah Department of Health released a report on Tuesday identifying a growing trend of women giving birth outside of hospitals. 

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert met with President Barack Obama Tuesday in Washington. After the meeting, Herbert said there may be room for further negotiation on his health plan.

Military and Veteran Counseling Center Opens in Utah

Jan 5, 2015
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A new counseling center has opened in Utah to provide mental health therapy for those who have served in the military. The center provides specialized care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

More Utahns Signing Up for Obamacare

Jan 1, 2015

New Obamacare enrollment numbers are in. When Matthew Slonaker of Utah Health Policy Project looks at how many people in the state signed up for insurance in the first month of this enrollment period, he sees good news.

Utah State University Assistive Technology Program

  A program that recycles wheelchairs for people with disabilities has provided more than 150 chairs over the past 18 months.

State Task Force Rejects Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan

Dec 18, 2014
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Some influential Utah lawmakers delivered a blow Thursday to Governor Gary Herbert’s plan to expand health coverage to low-income Utahns. In a motion led by Republicans, the state Health Reform Task Force voted not to recommend the governor’s plan to the legislature. Instead, they recommended their own plan.

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New research out of the University of Utah shows that the use of methamphetamine increases the risk of developing a neurological disease later in life. The study published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence also suggests that gender may influence that risk.

Daughter Saves Mother with Liver Transplant

Dec 16, 2014
Andrea Smardon / KUER

A Utah mother is alive today thanks to an unusual donation by her daughter. Betty Garcia was in desperate need of a liver transplant, but she wasn’t sick enough to qualify for a liver from a deceased donor.

Researchers at Intermountain Medical Center have found a way to more accurately identify a patient’s risk for often-deadly blood clots in the lungs. The research was recently published in the medical journal CHEST.

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