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It’s 3 a.m. and Corey Ellis can’t sleep. He’s supposed to be on the road in a few hours, but the chronic pain in his hands and feet are bothering him. On this night, there’s another thing keeping him awake: anxiety.

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About 12,000 employees and their families who work in the Granite School District have a new way to get health care starting on Tuesday: a clinic just for them.

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Medical staff buzzed around the inside of a new 36-foot-long RV in the parking lot of Utah Partners for Health in Salt Lake City’s Glendale neighborhood on Thursday. Inside, two exam rooms will soon provide a workplace for medical assistants and a registered nurse to treat some of Utah’s most needy.

Shortly after Emily Goodwin relocated her family across the country, they got some big news.   

“We found out we were pregnant less than a month after we moved here and that was a huge surprise,” says Goodwin, who has a homestead in Melba, Idaho.

 


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There’s general consensus between policy makers, elected officials and health care advocates that Medicaid has a big price tag. But what are the actual costs? Bryce Ward aimed to find out. He’s an economist in Missoula, Montana who published a study of the first two years of Medicaid expansion in that state. KUER’s Erik Neumann spoke with Ward about what lessons might be used in Utah.

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For climbers like Salt Lake resident Mike Lyons, the act of tying a safety knot in a climbing rope is a ritual. Ensuring a correctly tied knot is a connection between climbing partners, a way to focus and, most importantly, to avoid injury in case of a fall. It comes down to routine.

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University of Utah neurobiologist Maureen Condic was recently appointed to the 25-member National Science Board by the Trump administration. KUER’s Erik Neumann sat down with Dr. Condic to learn about her work on bioethics in the health sciences.

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A spike in cases of a mysterious neurological disease has been raising concern around the country this week. A group of researchers in Colorado has been leading the way in understanding it.

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Idaho officially joined Utah today as the third state to try to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative.

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For medical students all across the country, the third Friday of March is Match Day. It's when med students find out where they’ll do their residency. At the University of Utah’s Match Day around 100 medical students were eagerly waiting.

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When people detox from opioids they describe it as having a terrible flu — times ten. For many, the fear of withdrawals is what prevents them from getting treatment in the first place. But a new device to help with detoxing is having surprising success.

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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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Utah’s senators could have one more chance to vote on a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but time is running out.

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Gov. Gary Herbert covered a range of topics at his monthly press conference on KUED Thursday, including health care, the national monument review and special legislative sessions.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert was in Washington on Thursday, where he joined governors of several other states in urging Congress to help stabilize Obamacare’s individual health insurance markets.

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A Utah lawmaker is working on a bill to expand access to treatment for women suffering from postpartum depression.

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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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Utahns looking to purchase health insurance will not be able to buy a plan from Humana next year. The company is leaving the state’s individual marketplace. 

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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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A group of retired community activists has unveiled their latest blueprint for making Utah a better place to live.

The nonpartisan Utah Citizens Counsel has assumed the role of a council of sages with deep community ties.

CDC Confirms Existence of Enterovirus D68 in Utah

Sep 23, 2014
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the existence of Enterovirus D68 in Utah.

Doctors at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake sent the CDC 22 samples, 12 of which came back positive. Doctor Andrew Pavia is Primary Children’s chief of pediatric infectious diseases. He says beyond the samples sent to the CDC they’ve seen several other cases they suspect are also due to some variant of the enterovirus.

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Intermountain Medical Center in Murray is one of 50 hospitals nationwide involved in a research trial for next-generation pacemakers.  Last month one of its doctors implanted the new, wireless device in a grandmother from Logan.

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Open enrollment in Utah’s Primary Care Network, or PCN, begins today for the first time since May of 2013. Kolbi Young of the Utah Department of Health says there are about 73,000 Utahns who are eligible for this type of care.

“The Primary Care Network program has been around for years and it’s a program that essentially covers a portion of the population that’s not typically eligible for Medicaid with very primary preventive services,” says Young.

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Governor Gary Herbert says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and top officials at the White House were very receptive to his plan to help cover uninsured Utahns.

After his visit to Washington D.C. earlier in the week Governor Herbert says he’s confident that Secretary Sebelius will approve his Healthy Utah plan.

“As she said to me, I see nothing in your proposal, Governor, that would be a deal breaker.”

In spite of a government shutdown, today begins the six month-long enrollment period in which consumers can start signing up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. This morning at the Sorenson Unity Center the Salt Lake City mayor’s office and Voices for Utah Children hosted a health care open house to help people navigate the various plans and sign up for coverage. 

Jose Caceres, a certified application councilor is walking a middle-aged man and his mother through the process of choosing a health insurance plan.

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Small business owners convened at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake on Tuesday to learn about the Affordable Care Act and significant changes coming in health care. The Salt Lake Chamber along with insurance company SelectHealth released a survey revealing that the Affordable Care Act is perceived negatively by a majority of businesses, but that many of those businesses are also uninformed about the requirements of the law.

Ask small business owners how they will be affected by the Affordable Care Act… and you get answers like this…

Salt Lake City officials hope to reign in escalating healthcare costs while improving the overall health and wellness of city employees and their families. The new Midtown Clinic for city employees opened this afternoon. 

Family practice physician, Dr. Trevor Jacobson says the hallmark of Salt Lake City’s Midtown Clinic is that visits will be longer and more personalized, similar to small-town family practices.

The Utah Department of Health has launched a new ad campaign for people who want to quit smoking. The effort focuses on people trying to kick the habit one day at a time.

The “Quitting For Real” campaign showcases television commercials that portray former smokers going through every day struggles as they fight the urge to light up again. Adam Bramwell of the Utah Department of Health says that after several failed attempts, many smokers get into the mindset that no matter what they do, they’ll never break their habit.  

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

The Salt Lake City School Board considers a tax increase, the Federal Government will now manage Utah’s high-risk health pool, and Utah’s congressional delegation feels confident about the future of Hill Air Force Base.

KUER News Pod: Monday May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

Utah strikes a deal to split responsibility with the federal government for its health exchange, the Unified Fire Authority puts a deputy chief on administrative leave for prescription fraud, and the Utah fire season arrives.

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