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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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’s alternative to Medicaid expansion still stalled http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58347872-78/utah-health-healthy-herbert.html.csp There’s a persistent snag preventing federal health officials from agreeing, in concept, to Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan: the work requirement. Herbert said Thursday during his monthly KUED news conference that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that he and the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services will resolve their differences over that final stumbling block when he’s in Washington next month. “If we can get it done by the end of September then we’ll be able to seal the deal,”... There’s a persistent snag preventing federal health officials from agreeing, in concept, to Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan: the work requirement. Herbert said Thursday during his monthly KUED news conference that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that he and the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services will resolve their differences over that final stumbling block when he’s in Washington next month. “If we can get it done by the end of September then we’ll be able to seal the deal,”... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58347872@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:22:07 MDT Varian expanding, bringing Utah high-paying jobs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58344360-78/varian-utah-company-medical.html.csp With its new addition, Varian Medical Systems expects to play a larger role than ever in supplying X-ray products to medical, scientific and industrial facilities worldwide. That will translate into almost 1,000 new jobs over the next 20 years, jobs paying 180 percent of the Salt Lake County average. “This is the type of company we love to see in Utah,” said a beaming Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), at Wednesday’s groundbreaking for Varian’s ... With its new addition, Varian Medical Systems expects to play a larger role than ever in supplying X-ray products to medical, scientific and industrial facilities worldwide. That will translate into almost 1,000 new jobs over the next 20 years, jobs paying 180 percent of the Salt Lake County average. “This is the type of company we love to see in Utah,” said a beaming Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), at Wednesday’s groundbreaking for Varian’s ... 58344360@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:21:08 MDT CDC gives Utah $1 million to fight painkiller deaths http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58297136-78/utah-deaths-cdc-grant.html.csp Utah, which has one of the nation’s highest rates of drug overdose deaths, will get more than $1 million over the next three years to help prevent such deaths from prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the grant Thursday. The money will fund improvements to the Utah Controlled Substance Database, which prescribers and pharmacists use to learn more about their patients’ prescription history, said Jenny Johnson, injury prevention coordinator at the Utah... Utah, which has one of the nation’s highest rates of drug overdose deaths, will get more than $1 million over the next three years to help prevent such deaths from prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the grant Thursday. The money will fund improvements to the Utah Controlled Substance Database, which prescribers and pharmacists use to learn more about their patients’ prescription history, said Jenny Johnson, injury prevention coordinator at the Utah... 58297136@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:21:46 MDT Feds: 4,300 Utahns must verify immigration status or lose coverage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58292773-78/health-coverage-utah-immigration.html.csp The Obama administration said Wednesday that 4,300 Utahns are among the 310,000 people it is asking by phone, email or letter to provide citizenship or immigration details — or face losing their health insurance. Those being notified bought coverage at the HealthCare.gov website, but their information didn’t match records the government has on file. They can upload the necessary documents at the site. If they don’t do so by Sept. 5, their health coverage will end Sept. 30, the Department of Heal... The Obama administration said Wednesday that 4,300 Utahns are among the 310,000 people it is asking by phone, email or letter to provide citizenship or immigration details — or face losing their health insurance. Those being notified bought coverage at the HealthCare.gov website, but their information didn’t match records the government has on file. They can upload the necessary documents at the site. If they don’t do so by Sept. 5, their health coverage will end Sept. 30, the Department of Heal... 58292773@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:01:02 MDT Intermountain debuts more comfortable MRI http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58293772-78/mri-patients-center-machine.html.csp Julie Winkler relaxed in a room with glowing blue walls, soothing music and a slide show of aquarium-themed photos on Wednesday. She wasn’t in a spa or watching a movie — she was getting an MRI. A new magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray has a wider diameter tube and can scan people who weigh up to 500 pounds, instead of the typical 350-pound limit. The new MRI suite allows patients to change the colors of the walls, play music and watch a movie ... Julie Winkler relaxed in a room with glowing blue walls, soothing music and a slide show of aquarium-themed photos on Wednesday. She wasn’t in a spa or watching a movie — she was getting an MRI. A new magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray has a wider diameter tube and can scan people who weigh up to 500 pounds, instead of the typical 350-pound limit. The new MRI suite allows patients to change the colors of the walls, play music and watch a movie ... 58293772@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:27:57 MDT Davis County health board wants to tweak e-cigarette law http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58289144-78/cigarette-county-board-cigarettes.html.csp The Davis County Board of Health wants to make it easier for smoke shops to sell e-cigarettes. The board, which became the first in Utah to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes last February, proposed six amendments to that law on Tuesday. A public hearing on the proposed changes will be scheduled sometime before the next meeting on Nov. 25. In the past year, the health department has noticed changes in e-cigarette commerce, Lewis Garrett, director of the health department told the board.... The Davis County Board of Health wants to make it easier for smoke shops to sell e-cigarettes. The board, which became the first in Utah to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes last February, proposed six amendments to that law on Tuesday. A public hearing on the proposed changes will be scheduled sometime before the next meeting on Nov. 25. In the past year, the health department has noticed changes in e-cigarette commerce, Lewis Garrett, director of the health department told the board.... 58289144@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:13:09 MDT Logan woman becomes first Utah patient to get tiny new pacemaker http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58276080-78/device-pacemaker-heart-implanted.html.csp A Logan woman and her cardiologist said Monday that a new, small pacemaker that keeps her heart beating steadily was implanted without surgery two weeks ago at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Susan Thomas, 72, became the first patient in Utah to receive the new pacemaker, a Nanostim pacing device. The pacemaker is in clinical trials and has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Intermountain is seeking other candidates who want to participate. But Thomas is already a... A Logan woman and her cardiologist said Monday that a new, small pacemaker that keeps her heart beating steadily was implanted without surgery two weeks ago at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Susan Thomas, 72, became the first patient in Utah to receive the new pacemaker, a Nanostim pacing device. The pacemaker is in clinical trials and has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Intermountain is seeking other candidates who want to participate. But Thomas is already a... 58276080@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:07:39 MDT West Nile virus found in Utah County mosquitoes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58285249-78/county-utah-virus-health.html.csp It may seem as if summer, the season of bug bites, is winding down, but Utah County’s health department is warning residents to be more vigilant than ever against mosquito-borne West Nile virus. That means wearing long sleeves and pants, shoes and socks when outside from dusk through dawn, a health department news release said. No cases of West Nile virus have been reported in humans or horses in Utah this summer, but more counties are beginning to detect it in the mosquitoes they sample. Human ... It may seem as if summer, the season of bug bites, is winding down, but Utah County’s health department is warning residents to be more vigilant than ever against mosquito-borne West Nile virus. That means wearing long sleeves and pants, shoes and socks when outside from dusk through dawn, a health department news release said. No cases of West Nile virus have been reported in humans or horses in Utah this summer, but more counties are beginning to detect it in the mosquitoes they sample. Human ... 58285249@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:40:33 MDT Poll: Obama health law is a tale of 2 Americas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58263348-68/states-points-uninsured-law.html.csp Washington • President Barack Obama’s health care law has become a tale of two Americas. States that fully embraced the law’s coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States — like Utah — whose leaders still object to “Obamacare” are seeing much less change. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found an overall drop of 4 percentage points in the share of uninsured residents for states acceptin... Washington • President Barack Obama’s health care law has become a tale of two Americas. States that fully embraced the law’s coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States — like Utah — whose leaders still object to “Obamacare” are seeing much less change. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found an overall drop of 4 percentage points in the share of uninsured residents for states acceptin... 58263348@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:40:01 MDT At top of Utah ski resort, cancer survivors share triumph, grief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58254217-78/cancer-wellness-berg-didn.html.csp Snowbird • Maybe it’s just a coincidence that the hike is called Survivors at the Summit and is a fundraising event for the Cancer Wellness House. Maybe it is fortuitous that Byron Saylor is a hiker and that he’s made the long, steep walk up Snowbird’s Peruvian Gulch every year since 2002. Well, every year but one. That was 2009 and Saylor didn’t make it that year because he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and had an operation to try to get rid of it. Still, he said, his doctors told him th... Snowbird • Maybe it’s just a coincidence that the hike is called Survivors at the Summit and is a fundraising event for the Cancer Wellness House. Maybe it is fortuitous that Byron Saylor is a hiker and that he’s made the long, steep walk up Snowbird’s Peruvian Gulch every year since 2002. Well, every year but one. That was 2009 and Saylor didn’t make it that year because he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and had an operation to try to get rid of it. Still, he said, his doctors told him th... 58254217@www.sltrib.com Sat, 02 Aug 2014 18:57:15 MDT Utah hepatitis C patient gets kidney with same virus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247993-78/kidney-hepatitis-galvan-campsen.html.csp A West Jordan man who has hepatitis C went home from University of Utah Hospital Thursday with a new kidney, the first Utah patient to receive such an organ from a donor with the same virus. “It’s a new opportunity to live,” said Andres Galvan, 61, through a translator at a U. press briefing. Galvan had been undergoing dialysis for kidney failure for more than two years and had been on the kidney transplant list for a year. When he agreed to accept a kidney from a deceased out-of-state donor wit... A West Jordan man who has hepatitis C went home from University of Utah Hospital Thursday with a new kidney, the first Utah patient to receive such an organ from a donor with the same virus. “It’s a new opportunity to live,” said Andres Galvan, 61, through a translator at a U. press briefing. Galvan had been undergoing dialysis for kidney failure for more than two years and had been on the kidney transplant list for a year. When he agreed to accept a kidney from a deceased out-of-state donor wit... 58247993@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:54:31 MDT Utah ranks 2nd for health care return on investment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241105-78/health-states-care-average.html.csp Utah has the second-highest return on investment for its health care, according to a new study by Wallet Hub. The financial-analysis company looked at three main metrics when determining its findings: America’s Health Ranking Annual Report, death rates and average individual health insurance premiums. Utah bucked the trend of blue states providing a better return on investment than red states on average. Red states ranked an average of 27.42 while blue states averaged a 20.35 ranking. The rankin... Utah has the second-highest return on investment for its health care, according to a new study by Wallet Hub. The financial-analysis company looked at three main metrics when determining its findings: America’s Health Ranking Annual Report, death rates and average individual health insurance premiums. Utah bucked the trend of blue states providing a better return on investment than red states on average. Red states ranked an average of 27.42 while blue states averaged a 20.35 ranking. The rankin... 58241105@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:39:01 MDT