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Utah tribal members urged to protect elders, sanitize hands

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 20, 2020 | Utah

Utah gears up for sale of medical marijuana

Monte Whaley | Feb 17, 2020 | Utah

Utah is gearing up for the introduction of medical marijuana in March with the pre-registration of medical providers for the state’s medical cannabis program. Registration as a qualified medical provider enables a provider to recommend medical cards for their patients. Patient cards will be available beginning next month, but state...[ Read More ]

Utah's 'Fallback Plan' Medicaid waiver now open for public comments

Emily Viles | Oct 10, 2019 | Utah

This week the Utah Department of Health is holding two public hearings to discuss a Medicaid Amendment released on September 27, 2019. The Fallback Plan is an amendment to the 1115 Primary Care Network Demonstration.  While a number of Medicaid expansion amendments in the Bridge Plan were approved late in...[ Read More ]

Program Provides Naloxone to Curb Overdoses: To date, 255 lives have been saved

, | Sep 5, 2019 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today reported 255 lives have been saved as a direct result of the Opiate Overdose Outreach Pilot Project created by the Utah State Legislature two years ago. The report also demonstrates the critical need to continue the project, as Utah experienced an increase in overdose deaths...[ Read More ]

Trump administration likely to deny Utah's 90/10 Medicaid funding request

Emily Viles | Jul 29, 2019 | Utah

The Washington Post reported late on Friday that the Trump Administration is likely to deny funding for Utah’s Medicaid expansion efforts.  We have been tracking Utah’s 1115 waiver, and the implementation of Medicaid expansion provisions passed during the legislative session, for several months. Before the 2019 session began, Utahns passed...[ Read More ]

Trends in Utah suicide rates

Emily Viles | Jul 3, 2019 | Utah

This week, the Utah Department of Health released a suicide rate map. The map details the rate of suicide in individual counties, and considers a number of demogrpahic, and socio-economic factors in these data sets.  Here are some standout trends from the map:  The age-adjusted rate of suicide per 100,000...[ Read More ]

3 reports on opioid fatalities in Utah

Sara Gentzler | Jun 5, 2019 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health’s Opioid Fatality Review Committee (OFRC) announced its initial findings last week. The committee’s in-depth review of 58 opioid overdose deaths that occurred in 2017 informed a total of over 50 recommendations published across three reports. Established by UDOH’s Violence and Injury Prevention program in 2017...[ Read More ]