Health Care Reform - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/healthcarereform Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utah mom joins protest, tells feds to reduce painkiller deaths http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58458002-78/kresser-deaths-utah-died.html.csp Monday would have been Josh Kresser’s 33rd birthday. Instead, Tuesday is the eighth anniversary of the day he died of an overdose after taking three drugs precisely as a doctor prescribed. The reality of his death — and the 2 1/2 years of addiction hell that preceded it — still anger his mother, Sandra Kresser of Salt Lake City. She’ll be in Washington on Sunday with hundreds of other parents, consumer advocates, medical experts and addiction treatment providers for the second Fed Up! rally urg... Monday would have been Josh Kresser’s 33rd birthday. Instead, Tuesday is the eighth anniversary of the day he died of an overdose after taking three drugs precisely as a doctor prescribed. The reality of his death — and the 2 1/2 years of addiction hell that preceded it — still anger his mother, Sandra Kresser of Salt Lake City. She’ll be in Washington on Sunday with hundreds of other parents, consumer advocates, medical experts and addiction treatment providers for the second Fed Up! rally urg... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58458002@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:33:29 MDT Utah family honors sister by trying to help others get life-saving treatment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58462364-78/match-donor-marrow-bone.html.csp Eileen Wilkinson was diagnosed with leukemia in mid-June. A little over six weeks later, she died from a pulmonary embolism before getting the bone marrow transplant she needed. After Wilkinson’s death, her sisters formed Team Eileen, aimed at helping to sign up people for Be The Match, a national bone marrow donor registry designed to connect potential donors with patients in need of transplants that could save their lives. “Really, for us it’s kind of the personal aspect of losing a loved one ... Eileen Wilkinson was diagnosed with leukemia in mid-June. A little over six weeks later, she died from a pulmonary embolism before getting the bone marrow transplant she needed. After Wilkinson’s death, her sisters formed Team Eileen, aimed at helping to sign up people for Be The Match, a national bone marrow donor registry designed to connect potential donors with patients in need of transplants that could save their lives. “Really, for us it’s kind of the personal aspect of losing a loved one ... 58462364@www.sltrib.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:59:38 MDT Four Salt Lake hospitals kick off campaign to encourage mammograms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58451053-78/utah-mammograms-women-hospitals.html.csp Utah women are less likely than most around the country to get mammograms, and Intermountain Healthcare’s Salt Lake Valley hospitals are trying to change that. Four hospitals on Thursday evening kicked off their Thousand Points of Pink Campaign, which has a goal of getting 1,000 women who have never been screened for breast cancer or screened inconsistently to get mammograms by the end of the year. Cancer survivors decorated bras, listened to live music and watched a short film with medical expe... Utah women are less likely than most around the country to get mammograms, and Intermountain Healthcare’s Salt Lake Valley hospitals are trying to change that. Four hospitals on Thursday evening kicked off their Thousand Points of Pink Campaign, which has a goal of getting 1,000 women who have never been screened for breast cancer or screened inconsistently to get mammograms by the end of the year. Cancer survivors decorated bras, listened to live music and watched a short film with medical expe... 58451053@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:44:43 MDT Utah health plans will cost 5.7 percent more next year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58429398-78/plans-insurance-exchange-health.html.csp Utahns shopping for health insurance on the federal exchange can expect prices that are 5.7 percent higher, on average, next year. Small businesses that go through the state’s Avenue H exchange will see more modest increases averaging 3.5 percent, state insurance executives told the Legislature’s Health Reform Task Force. But rural Utahns will watch rates for their individual plans increase by 7 percent on average. Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser called the price hikes “minimal,” because... Utahns shopping for health insurance on the federal exchange can expect prices that are 5.7 percent higher, on average, next year. Small businesses that go through the state’s Avenue H exchange will see more modest increases averaging 3.5 percent, state insurance executives told the Legislature’s Health Reform Task Force. But rural Utahns will watch rates for their individual plans increase by 7 percent on average. Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser called the price hikes “minimal,” because... 58429398@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:41:02 MDT Utah law seems to cut teen tanning by one-third http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424570-78/tanning-percent-indoor-utah.html.csp A Utah law that made it harder for teenagers to tan in salons seems to have cut indoor tanning significantly. A survey of Utah students in grades 8, 10 and 12 found the use of tanning salons dropped 36 percent after the 2012 law took effect, according to a new study by the Utah Department of Health. The law requires minors to have a physician’s note or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who signs a waiver each time they visit an indoor tanning salon. The state study was published in a recent... A Utah law that made it harder for teenagers to tan in salons seems to have cut indoor tanning significantly. A survey of Utah students in grades 8, 10 and 12 found the use of tanning salons dropped 36 percent after the 2012 law took effect, according to a new study by the Utah Department of Health. The law requires minors to have a physician’s note or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who signs a waiver each time they visit an indoor tanning salon. The state study was published in a recent... 58424570@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:14:53 MDT Child safety: Check your car seat expiration date http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417346-78/car-lake-salt-seats.html.csp Car seats have a shelf life a little longer than a can of tomatoes — six years. But just to be safe, new mom Katie Blackburn-Conway, 38, waited while Safe Kids workers inspected her 1-year-old daughter’s car seat for an expiration date Monday at the Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City. “There’s always that little chance you’re not doing something right,” she said. “I want to make sure.” National Child Passenger Safety Week started Sunday, and Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake County and Sal... Car seats have a shelf life a little longer than a can of tomatoes — six years. But just to be safe, new mom Katie Blackburn-Conway, 38, waited while Safe Kids workers inspected her 1-year-old daughter’s car seat for an expiration date Monday at the Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City. “There’s always that little chance you’re not doing something right,” she said. “I want to make sure.” National Child Passenger Safety Week started Sunday, and Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake County and Sal... 58417346@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:40:04 MDT Utah’s children’s hospital shows off first major expansion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58400611-78/hospital-building-primary-main.html.csp For the first time since it moved from Salt Lake City’s Avenues neighborhood 22 years ago, Primary Children’s Hospital is opening a major new expansion. The George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services building, connected by skybridge over Mario Capecchi Drive with the main hospital, will open Oct. 7 after two years of construction. It cost nearly $134 million. Katy Welkie, the hospital’s chief executive and administrator, and Mike Creason, assistant administrator an... For the first time since it moved from Salt Lake City’s Avenues neighborhood 22 years ago, Primary Children’s Hospital is opening a major new expansion. The George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services building, connected by skybridge over Mario Capecchi Drive with the main hospital, will open Oct. 7 after two years of construction. It cost nearly $134 million. Katy Welkie, the hospital’s chief executive and administrator, and Mike Creason, assistant administrator an... 58400611@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:10:09 MDT Primary Children’s Hospital starts visitor limits early http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58399682-78/hospital-early-primary-visitor.html.csp Primary Children’s Hospital began its usual wintertime visitor restrictions early this year because of concerns that Enterovirus D68 may be in Utah. That means that as of Wednesday, visitors must be at least 14 years old and no more than two visitors can be at a patient’s bedside at a time. The hospital has seen an upswing in children with respiratory viruses, including some serious cases, and is awaiting test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm that it is D68.... Primary Children’s Hospital began its usual wintertime visitor restrictions early this year because of concerns that Enterovirus D68 may be in Utah. That means that as of Wednesday, visitors must be at least 14 years old and no more than two visitors can be at a patient’s bedside at a time. The hospital has seen an upswing in children with respiratory viruses, including some serious cases, and is awaiting test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm that it is D68.... 58399682@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:54:01 MDT Utah Gov. Gary Herbert: We have a ‘conceptual’ deal on Medicaid http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58395005-78/utah-medicaid-health-governor.html.csp The Obama administration has agreed in concept to Utah’s novel alternative to expanding Medicaid, including the notion that able-bodied people who get insurance subsidies should accept the state’s help with finding work, Gov. Gary Herbert said late Tuesday. The governor said after a meeting with Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, that a final agreement is two or three weeks away. HHS did not agree that insurance subsidies would be contingent on recipients ... The Obama administration has agreed in concept to Utah’s novel alternative to expanding Medicaid, including the notion that able-bodied people who get insurance subsidies should accept the state’s help with finding work, Gov. Gary Herbert said late Tuesday. The governor said after a meeting with Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, that a final agreement is two or three weeks away. HHS did not agree that insurance subsidies would be contingent on recipients ... 58395005@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:53:14 MDT Take Care Utah network gets $485,000 from feds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58389379-78/health-utah-care-insurance.html.csp Take Care Utah will once again help Utah residents, free of charge, find and enroll in private health insurance plans. The Utah Health Policy Project announced Monday that the federal Department of Health and Human Services picked it and its partners in Take Care Utah to be the nonprofit community-based navigator in Utah for another year. The insurance marketplace at heathcare.gov opens on Nov.15. The grant is for $485,198, up from the $406,000 grant last year, when Take Care Utah’s network of ... Take Care Utah will once again help Utah residents, free of charge, find and enroll in private health insurance plans. The Utah Health Policy Project announced Monday that the federal Department of Health and Human Services picked it and its partners in Take Care Utah to be the nonprofit community-based navigator in Utah for another year. The insurance marketplace at heathcare.gov opens on Nov.15. The grant is for $485,198, up from the $406,000 grant last year, when Take Care Utah’s network of ... 58389379@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:05:01 MDT Utah walk, classes aim to help those with mental illness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58369602-78/illness-mental-utah-classes.html.csp Utah’s largest event to raise mental health awareness, the 5K NAMI Walks Utah, is Saturday, and the classes it supports are getting underway as well. The Utah chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hopes to raise $100,000 through the walk on Saturday. By mid-week, those walking had secured more than $70,000 in donations, said Mary Burchett, outreach specialist for NAMI in Utah. “We honor the lives of those we’ve lost to the illness and celebrate those on the path of recovery and well... Utah’s largest event to raise mental health awareness, the 5K NAMI Walks Utah, is Saturday, and the classes it supports are getting underway as well. The Utah chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hopes to raise $100,000 through the walk on Saturday. By mid-week, those walking had secured more than $70,000 in donations, said Mary Burchett, outreach specialist for NAMI in Utah. “We honor the lives of those we’ve lost to the illness and celebrate those on the path of recovery and well... 58369602@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:10:44 MDT Utah teens embracing e-cigarettes ‘left and right’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58374903-78/cigarettes-percent-department-health.html.csp Increasing numbers of Utah teenagers are using e-cigarettes, setting themselves up to be the next generation of nicotine-addicted adults, the Utah Department of Health said Thursday. According to the department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control 2014 Annual Report, 12 percent of Utah students in grades 8, 10 and 12 surveyed last year said they had tried e-cigarettes. Nearly 6 percent — triple the percentage in 2011 — said they regularly use e-cigarettes, which are battery-powered devices that turn... Increasing numbers of Utah teenagers are using e-cigarettes, setting themselves up to be the next generation of nicotine-addicted adults, the Utah Department of Health said Thursday. According to the department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control 2014 Annual Report, 12 percent of Utah students in grades 8, 10 and 12 surveyed last year said they had tried e-cigarettes. Nearly 6 percent — triple the percentage in 2011 — said they regularly use e-cigarettes, which are battery-powered devices that turn... 58374903@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:16:59 MDT