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Utah governor focused on addressing social media’s harms to youth mental health

| Oct 18, 2022 | Utah

Utah Governor Spencer Cox gave an address Wednesday on the negative effects that social media has on the mental well-being of children and youth.      Speaking at a local middle school, the governor announced the creation of the Office of Families under the Division of Family Health that will...[ Read More ]

Utah public health officials concerned about reports of public deception over COVID-19 status

| Oct 12, 2022 | Utah

A recent University of Utah survey found that close to half of Americans knowingly misrepresented their COVID-19 status and/or did not comply with public health measures during the height of the pandemic.     In the online survey, 41% of 1,733 surveyed adults reported misrepresentation or nonadherence for at least...[ Read More ]

Utah Medicaid prepares for end of PHE and transition to PRISM

| Oct 11, 2022 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) continues to prepare for strategic changes to the state Medicaid program.      Utah Medicaid said the months leading up to and following the end of the public health emergency (PHE) will be critical to ensuring a smooth transition for members....[ Read More ]

Utah ranks 4th for overall health in 2021 CDC survey

| Oct 7, 2022 | Utah

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data this week that showed 22.4% of surveyed Utahns reported their overall general health as “excellent,” the 4th highest percentage out of all states and the District of Columbia.     The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) tracks...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare launches drone delivery of medications to patients in the Salt Lake Valley area

| Oct 7, 2022 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare, in partnership with Zipline, launched drone delivery services to patients in the Salt Lake Valley region on Tuesday.      The innovative service will deliver shipments of prescriptions and medical products via unmanned, battery-powered drones right into people’s yards. Both companies said the partnership makes health care more...[ Read More ]

Utah Medicare plans to provide lower premiums and better access to prescription medications in 2023

| Oct 6, 2022 | Utah

With the 2022 enrollment period set to begin next week, Utah Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans will offer added benefits and lower costs for enrollees in 2023.      The Inflation Reduction Act limits monthly out-of-pocket insulin copays to $35 for Medicare enrollees and provides...[ Read More ]