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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) More than 100K Utahns to get refunds from health insurers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58216485-200/refunds-health-average-care.html.csp Because their health insurer failed to spend enough money on patient care, more than 100,000 Utahns will soon get a check in the mail, a rebate to their bank account or a smaller-than-expected insurance bill. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of the money collected through premiums on patient care. Those who fail to hit the mark have to give refunds to their customers. A report released Thursday by the federal government shows that 104,576 Utahns will split $... Because their health insurer failed to spend enough money on patient care, more than 100,000 Utahns will soon get a check in the mail, a rebate to their bank account or a smaller-than-expected insurance bill. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of the money collected through premiums on patient care. Those who fail to hit the mark have to give refunds to their customers. A report released Thursday by the federal government shows that 104,576 Utahns will split $... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58216485@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:38:52 MDT West Nile virus found in Utah water, residents should take precautions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215638-78/nile-west-utah-virus.html.csp Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus have been discovered in stagnant bodies of water in Box Elder and Uintah counties, though there are still no cases reported in Utah. But officials from the Utah Department of Health are urging people to keep their guard up during the holiday weekend. “There is no vaccine for humans. So, taking simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites is the key to reducing your risk for infection,” UDOH epidemiologist JoDee Baker said in a statement. The virus spreads th... Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus have been discovered in stagnant bodies of water in Box Elder and Uintah counties, though there are still no cases reported in Utah. But officials from the Utah Department of Health are urging people to keep their guard up during the holiday weekend. “There is no vaccine for humans. So, taking simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites is the key to reducing your risk for infection,” UDOH epidemiologist JoDee Baker said in a statement. The virus spreads th... 58215638@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:16:15 MDT University of Utah launches new perinatal air ambulance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198122-78/utah-perinatal-team-university.html.csp Utah now has a second team of specialists to fly with infants and mothers in high-risk pregnancies to the hospital. University of Utah Health Care this month launched its new perinatal AirMed team, which has three crew members: a newborn intensive care nurse, a perinatal respiratory therapist and an obstetrics nurse specializing in newborn care. Intermountain Healthcare’s Lifeflight also has a perinatal team. Besides serving pregnant women, the team will transport newborns from zero to 30 days o... Utah now has a second team of specialists to fly with infants and mothers in high-risk pregnancies to the hospital. University of Utah Health Care this month launched its new perinatal AirMed team, which has three crew members: a newborn intensive care nurse, a perinatal respiratory therapist and an obstetrics nurse specializing in newborn care. Intermountain Healthcare’s Lifeflight also has a perinatal team. Besides serving pregnant women, the team will transport newborns from zero to 30 days o... 58198122@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:45:00 MDT Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188046-78/health-medicaid-utah-percent.html.csp Melanie Soules had just begun a new job as chief executive and team leader for a Salt Lake City real estate company when her occasional odd symptoms — hot, burning patches on her forehead — became worse. Within weeks, it felt like hot oil was flowing inside her skin, like a knife was inside her face. She began forgetting names and meetings, vision in her left eye suffered and it was difficult for her to swallow. Soules, a single mother of two, tried to hide her failing health, but lost her job ... Melanie Soules had just begun a new job as chief executive and team leader for a Salt Lake City real estate company when her occasional odd symptoms — hot, burning patches on her forehead — became worse. Within weeks, it felt like hot oil was flowing inside her skin, like a knife was inside her face. She began forgetting names and meetings, vision in her left eye suffered and it was difficult for her to swallow. Soules, a single mother of two, tried to hide her failing health, but lost her job ... 58188046@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:36:40 MDT Health fair the cure for costly care http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58175339-78/health-dental-fair-care.html.csp Dentist appointments are dreaded by many, but the line for a cleaning and checkup Friday wrapped around the hall of the Horizonte Center. What got people past their fears? The whole thing was free. The Junior League of Salt Lake City kicked off its 22nd annual Community Assistance Resource Event on Friday morning to provide health services to the public, free of charge. Jolene Terry-Phinney, Junior League president, said the group tries to address the needs of people in the valley who can’t aff... Dentist appointments are dreaded by many, but the line for a cleaning and checkup Friday wrapped around the hall of the Horizonte Center. What got people past their fears? The whole thing was free. The Junior League of Salt Lake City kicked off its 22nd annual Community Assistance Resource Event on Friday morning to provide health services to the public, free of charge. Jolene Terry-Phinney, Junior League president, said the group tries to address the needs of people in the valley who can’t aff... 58175339@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:19:24 MDT Free medical services offered Friday, Saturday in Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58171092-78/free-care-fair-friday.html.csp Utahns in need of health screenings and other medical services can receive care free of charge Friday and Saturday at the Junior League of Salt Lake City’s annual health fair. The 22nd annual CARE fair — or Community Assistance Resource Event — will be held at the Horizonte Training and Instruction Center, at 1234 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. It will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Services include physical and dental exams, women’s health and... Utahns in need of health screenings and other medical services can receive care free of charge Friday and Saturday at the Junior League of Salt Lake City’s annual health fair. The 22nd annual CARE fair — or Community Assistance Resource Event — will be held at the Horizonte Training and Instruction Center, at 1234 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. It will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Services include physical and dental exams, women’s health and... 58171092@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:46:01 MDT Too many Utah heart attack patients skip the ambulance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58090346-78/heart-hospital-percent-ambulance.html.csp In his 69 years, Allan Wilson has made more than a few trips to the hospital. The Postal Service retiree always drove himself, even in emergencies, rationalizing that it’s quicker, more convenient and less expensive. But he wasn’t given a choice last fall when his wife summoned an ambulance to a shop in Park City after he started talking nonsensically, his speech slurred — and her fast thinking probably saved his life. “I was having a stroke, which they were able to treat en route,” said the Ho... In his 69 years, Allan Wilson has made more than a few trips to the hospital. The Postal Service retiree always drove himself, even in emergencies, rationalizing that it’s quicker, more convenient and less expensive. But he wasn’t given a choice last fall when his wife summoned an ambulance to a shop in Park City after he started talking nonsensically, his speech slurred — and her fast thinking probably saved his life. “I was having a stroke, which they were able to treat en route,” said the Ho... 58090346@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:37:40 MDT Utah issues first permits for cannabis oil http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58161184-78/oil-cannabis-epilepsy-maughan.html.csp Utah issued its first hemp extract permits Tuesday, a step celebrated by families who shared stories of their children with epilepsy to overcome lawmakers’ suspicions about medical marijuana. But families may continue to wait, since the Colorado nonprofit where many plan to acquire cannabis oil has a waiting list and a crop that won’t be harvested until September. Annette Maughan received the second of two permits issued, allowing her to legally import cannabis oil for her 11-year-old son, Gl... Utah issued its first hemp extract permits Tuesday, a step celebrated by families who shared stories of their children with epilepsy to overcome lawmakers’ suspicions about medical marijuana. But families may continue to wait, since the Colorado nonprofit where many plan to acquire cannabis oil has a waiting list and a crop that won’t be harvested until September. Annette Maughan received the second of two permits issued, allowing her to legally import cannabis oil for her 11-year-old son, Gl... 58161184@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:05:36 MDT Utah hospitals warn: Watch out for kids gobbling pot-laced candy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58133136-78/marijuana-hospital-utah-colorado.html.csp Utah hospitals are telling doctors to consider marijuana-laced candy from Colorado as a possible culprit when patients — particularly children — show up for emergency treatment. Bonnie Midget, spokeswoman for Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, said reports of higher numbers of pot-related hospitalizations among Colorado children prompted the warning. Also, communities near the Colorado border are beginning to see Utah residents bringing in marijuana preparations that they can purcha... Utah hospitals are telling doctors to consider marijuana-laced candy from Colorado as a possible culprit when patients — particularly children — show up for emergency treatment. Bonnie Midget, spokeswoman for Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, said reports of higher numbers of pot-related hospitalizations among Colorado children prompted the warning. Also, communities near the Colorado border are beginning to see Utah residents bringing in marijuana preparations that they can purcha... 58133136@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:51:46 MDT Utah hospital will use cannabis extract to treat kids with epilepsy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58124187-78/epidiolex-primary-cbd-epilepsy.html.csp Neurologists at Primary Children’s Hospital are one step closer to being able to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade cannabis to children and teens with severe epilepsy. Only those who apply to be part of a drug trial will be eligible — 25 spots are available — and it’s not known when the study will start. The study’s lead author, neurologist Francis Filloux, is waiting for a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration freeing him to handle Schedule 1 substances, said Ed Clark, chief medical off... Neurologists at Primary Children’s Hospital are one step closer to being able to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade cannabis to children and teens with severe epilepsy. Only those who apply to be part of a drug trial will be eligible — 25 spots are available — and it’s not known when the study will start. The study’s lead author, neurologist Francis Filloux, is waiting for a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration freeing him to handle Schedule 1 substances, said Ed Clark, chief medical off... 58124187@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:54:45 MDT Prominent Utah pain doc no longer under scrutiny for patient deaths http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58090348-78/pain-webster-patients-deaths.html.csp A leading expert in how to safely prescribe narcotics, Utah pain specialist Lynn Webster spent the past four years, as he describes it, “under the shadow” of an investigation into the overdose deaths of some of his former patients. “If you receive a letter from the IRS that you’re going to be audited, no one really questions your integrity,” Webster said. “But when it’s an audit by the Drug Enforcement Administration, people think differently, as if there must be something there or this wouldn’t... A leading expert in how to safely prescribe narcotics, Utah pain specialist Lynn Webster spent the past four years, as he describes it, “under the shadow” of an investigation into the overdose deaths of some of his former patients. “If you receive a letter from the IRS that you’re going to be audited, no one really questions your integrity,” Webster said. “But when it’s an audit by the Drug Enforcement Administration, people think differently, as if there must be something there or this wouldn’t... 58090348@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:30:06 MDT