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Governor signs H.B. 365 state agency realignment launching the transition to a Utah Department of Health and Human Services by July 2022

| Mar 23, 2021 | Utah

Consistent with his One Utah platform to improve efficiency in state government, Gov. Spencer J. Cox signed H.B. 365, “State Agency Realignment,” which consolidates the Utah Departments of Health and Human Services and moves policy components of Medicaid eligibility from the Department of Health to the Department of Workforce Services...[ Read More ]

Gov. Cox names Interim Medicaid Director

| Mar 17, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today announced Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Emma Chacon as the Interim State Medicaid Director. Chacon will be replacing Nathan Checketts who has served as Medicaid director for the past five years. In addition to overseeing the Medicaid program, Checketts also served as the...[ Read More ]

Cox responds to Legislature's veto-proof emergency powers bill

| Mar 11, 2021 | Utah

On the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, Gov. Spencer Cox addressed Utahns in a press conference on the disease’s status in the state. He explained his opposition to the Legislature’s recent passage of HB 294 and defended the state’s reportedly low amount of...[ Read More ]

Gov. Cox announces Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be available next week

| Feb 26, 2021 | Utah

Today, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) unanimously recommended emergency use authorization of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, also known as the Janssen vaccine. Once approved by the FDA and with guidance we expect to come from the CDC Sunday, Utah expects to begin receiving doses...[ Read More ]

Cox's first budget proposal includes $250 million for COVID-19 response

| Jan 11, 2021 | Utah

Governor Spencer Cox released his $21.7 billion budget proposal Monday for FY 2022. The proposal emphasizes “opportunity for all” and focuses largely on education and the COVID-19 response. The budget allocates $250 million to Utah’s COVID-19 response efforts. These funds will be dedicated to assisting public health partners, households, businesses...[ Read More ]

Cox appoints new UDOH director

| Dec 21, 2020 | Utah

Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson announced a number of new executive appointments on Monday, including a new leader of the Utah Department of Health (UDOH). Rich Saunders will replace Dr. Joseph K. Miner as Executive Director of UDOH under the Cox Administration. Having worked at UDOH since...[ Read More ]