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5 Things Utah: Lawmakers discuss 2023 health bills, Trans healthcare prohibition, BH in the legislature

| Jan 25, 2023 | Utah

The legislature commenced this year's legislative session on Jan. 17th and health committees are slated to hold their first hearings on bills this week. Reporter Boram Kim has been monitoring health-related bills as they're introduced and advanced, and we will continue to provide updates on key bills as the session continues. Thanks for reading!...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Peter Weir, MD, University of Utah Health

| Jan 25, 2023 | Utah

In this edition of our "What They're Watching" series, Peter Weir, MD, Executive Director of Population Health at University of Utah Health, says one of his top priorities is integrating behavioral and physical health. He says the separation of the two critical areas of healthcare is "artificial."     "As...[ Read More ]

Utah Senate endorses ban on gender transitioning procedures for minors

| Jan 20, 2023 | Utah

On Thursday, the Utah Senate voted 22-7 in favor of advancing Senate Bill 16, a controversial bill that would ban transgender surgical procedures on children and place a moratorium on prescribing puberty blockers to minors. The bill would also prohibit individuals over 25 from pursuing malpractice litigation against providers of...[ Read More ]

Utah Legislature commences 2023 General Session with introduction of health bills

| Jan 18, 2023 | Utah

The Utah Legislature kicked off the first day of its 65th General Session on Tuesday with the introduction of bills in both the House and Senate. Utah Senator Stuart Adams (R - Layton) and Rep. Brad Wilson (R - Kaysville) were sworn in as leaders of their respective chambers.   ...[ Read More ]

Behavioral health legislation slated for Utah’s 2023 legislative session to support access, youth, and workforce

| Jan 13, 2023 | Utah

With the Utah Legislature scheduled to begin its 2023 general session next Tuesday, multiple bills related to behavioral healthcare—both its workforce and its provision—have been filed ahead of the assembly.     The Health and Human Services Interim Committee approved several measures that address crisis response and the mental health...[ Read More ]

Utah DHHS focused on preparedness for Medicaid redeterminations in April

| Jan 12, 2023 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed this week that the state’s Medicaid program is in the process of reviewing its planned system programming, communication, and other preparations for the end of continuous enrollment.      The federal Omnibus Appropriation Act decouples the continuous Medicaid coverage provision...[ Read More ]