The 2023 Utah State of Reform Conference in Salt Lake City last month brought together a panel of local health policy experts to discuss how to reestablish trust between Utahns and state and federal public health agencies.      A survey published in March in the journal Health Affairs revealed that 63% of Americans said … Read more

A panel of experts at the forefront of the value-based care (VBC) movement in Utah led a discussion on local advancements being made around its adoption at the 2023 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month.     CMS has the goal of moving all Medicare beneficiaries and the majority of Medicaid enrollees … Read more

A panel of health policy experts discussed the need to improve Utah’s health data interoperability at the 2023 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, which took place late last month in Salt Lake City.     Federal law requires health systems to maintain and share electronic health information (EHI) in most instances and prevents … Read more

A panel of experts led a discussion on the gaps, challenges, and pathways forward for Utah’s mental healthcare system during the 2023 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference on April 26th.      Rep. Steve Eliason (R- Sandy) along with members of the Utah steering committee developing the state’s Behavioral Health System Assessment and … Read more

Top health policymakers in Utah convened in Salt Lake City on Wednesday to share their experiences with the 2023 legislative session, which adjourned on March 3rd.      Members of the House and Senate Health and Humans Services Committees led a panel discussion during the 2023 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, highlighting some … Read more

The Utah Office of Health Equity (OHE) is currently in the process of revising its 2021-2023 Strategic Plan for closing health disparities. The existing plan is focused largely on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as coordinating public health responses within communities including the equitable distribution of vaccines and social resources. The OHE … Read more

Gov. Spencer Cox signed a series of measures this week aimed at addressing the state’s ongoing mental health crisis.     Utah maintains the highest levels of mental illness in the country, with more than 30% of adult Utahns experiencing anxiety or depression. A survey on maternal health showed more than half of new mothers … Read more

The Utah Legislature passed an amendment on March 2nd requiring child welfare placements to preserve both the parent and child’s rights to maintain contact during state custody. Senate Bill 163 would allow visitation by any of the child’s family members, including siblings, and remove the primary permanency plan provision for children 3 years of age … Read more

The Utah Legislature adjourned its 2023 session on Friday, and Gov. Spencer Cox held a press conference outlining the legislative progress that was made.      The governor’s office acknowledged the progress that was made on the health front, including efforts to protect children’s mental health by enforcing regulations on social media companies and expanding … Read more

This week, the Utah Legislature passed two bills that would establish the Utah Social Media Regulation Act and regulate social media usage affecting youth in the state.      The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 152 on Wednesday, which would require social media companies to verify the age of users and obtain … Read more