Monday, June 29, 2015

Oral Health Outreach efforts Jan-June 2015

UDOH Oral Health Outreach
The Utah Department of Health's Oral Health Program (OHP) is involved in educational outreach with diverse, low-income and underserved populations in Utah. OHP is reaching vulnerable populations throughout the state. Learn more about OHP's outreach efforts

For more information about the UDOH Oral Health Program, contact Michelle Martin at

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act

News Release
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act 

Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live.  Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage. 
Over six million Americans and their families will sleep easier knowing they will still be able to afford health coverage. Millions more won’t have to worry about an upward spiral in their premiums because of today’s decision, even if they didn’t buy their insurance through the Marketplace.  And the law’s financial assistance will be available in the next open enrollment so that others can benefit as well.
The Affordable Care Act is working to improve access, affordability and quality.
That is the story I hear as I travel across this country. People’s lives have been changed and even saved because they have health insurance—many for the first time. They have coverage that can keep them healthy and provide quality care when they are sick.
The Affordable Care Act also strengthens protections for almost every American with health insurance. People with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums. Critical preventive services, like immunizations and certain cancer screenings, are available at no additional cost. Since parents can keep their children on their health insurance policies up to age 26, young Americans can stay in school or find their first job without worrying about their coverage.  And your health premiums can no longer be higher just because you are a woman.
I hope that this positive decision will do what the American people want us to do -- focus on the substance and turn to building on the progress we have made. They want us to move forward to provide more Americans with affordable access to quality coverage and create a health care system that improves the quality of care and spends our dollars more wisely.  

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Medicare & Medicaid are turning 50: Share your story!

As the 50 year anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid approaches, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking for stories about how these programs have changed the lives of Americans across the nation.

Image result for 50 medicaid and medicare anniversaryOne of the goals for the anniversary is to illustrate the faces of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Personal stories play an important role in bringing public policy to life. They show how our health care programs change the lives of real families and impact communities across the country.

In the coming months, we plan to share beneficiary stories in a number of ways. Stories will be used to help bring life to speeches and content on our websites. Some beneficiaries will be invited to share their stories at events or be interviewed for videos. 

ICMS is seeking help collecting the stories of beneficiaries, partners, and providers in the community. For the past 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of families, changing their lives, and improving America’s economic security. The story of Medicare and Medicaid’s success starts at the local level, and we want to make sure your community is included. Please share your story on or before June 26, 2015. 
HHS Region VIII Newsletter

You can submit a story to CMS by using the following link:

Supreme Court Rules ACA Subsidies Are Legal

The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law.

The 6-3 ruling stopped a challenge that would have erased subsidies in at least 34 states for individuals and families buying insurance through the federal government’s online marketplace. Such a result would have made coverage unaffordable for millions and created price spirals for those who kept their policies, many experts predicted.
People celebrate in front of the US Supreme Court after ruling was announced on the Affordable Care Act, June 25, 2015 in Washington. The high court ruled that the Affordable Care Act may provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the court, joined by frequent swing vote Anthony Kennedy and the liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The case hinged on tax credits created by Congress to help middle-income consumers buy insurance through online marketplaces, also known as exchanges.
The subsidies are available through an exchange “established by the state,” according to the law.

Thirty-four states did not set up their own exchanges and rely instead on, run by the federal government. Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that, as a result, millions of consumers in those states should not receive tax credits to pay premiums.

Justice Antonin Scalia agreed. Writing the dissenting opinion, he asserted: “Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of. Who would ever have dreamt that ‘Exchange established by the State’ means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government’?”

Pulling the subsidies would have undermined the insurance market in those states to the point of likely failure, experts said. Unable to afford the coverage, many consumers would have dropped out. Those remaining would probably have been older and sicker, driving up premiums to unsustainable levels.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Announcing Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud!

Think Cultural Health is pleased to announce the release of Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud. This free e-learning program is offered exclusively online in Spanish and English and aims to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote individual- and community-level changes towards good health. Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes is comprised of four units that will provide promotores de salud with the necessary tools to become agents of change at both the individual and community levels. For each unit completed, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Promotores de salud are culturally and linguistically competent messengers, advocates, and educators due to their intimate knowledge of their community's culture and needs. Thus, promotores de salud are well positioned to effect positive health changes in their communities. By delivering health education that aligns with individuals' cultural beliefs and language preferences, promotores de salud can empower community members to make changes in their lives and in their communities to enjoy better health.

Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes builds upon this capacity of promotores de salud to empower community members. It is designed for any promotor de salud, regardless of years of experience or the type of outreach in which they are engaged (for example, nutrition, cancer, women's health).

Think Cultural Health has produced a creative and practical program, based on expert and target user feedback. We hope that you will find this e-learning program a valuable and engaging tool for advancing health equity, improving quality of care, and reducing health disparities.

Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes is available at

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Think Cultural Health is an initiative of the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


¡Anunciando Promoviendo Decisiones Saludables y Cambios en la Comunidad: Un Curso de Aprendizaje en Línea para Promotores de Salud!

Think Cultural Health se complace en anunciar el lanzamiento de Promoviendo Decisiones Saludables y Cambios en la Comunidad: Un Curso de Aprendizaje en Línea para Promotores de Salud. Este curso gratis de aprendizaje se ofrece exclusivamente en línea, en español y en inglés, y busca desarrollar la capacidad de los promotores de salud para promover cambios que conducen a la buena salud, al nivel individual y comunitario. Promoviendo Decisiones Saludables y Cambios en la Comunidad está compuesto por cuatro unidades que les proporcionará a los promotores de salud las herramientas necesarias para convertirse en agentes de cambio, tanto al nivel individual como al nivel de la comunidad. Por cada unidad completada los participantes recibirán un Certificado de Finalización.

Los promotores de salud son mensajeros, defensores y educadores culturalmente y lingüísticamente competentes debido a sus conocimientos profundos de la cultura y las necesidades de su comunidad. Por lo tanto, los promotores de salud están bien posicionados para efectuar cambios de salud positivos en sus comunidades. Al proporcionar educación sobre la salud que se alinea con las creencias culturales y las preferencias de idioma de los individuos, los promotores de salud pueden empoderar a los miembros de la comunidad para hacer cambios en sus vidas y en sus comunidades, para poder gozar de una mejor salud.

Promoviendo Decisiones Saludables y Cambios en la Comunidad desarrolla aún más esta capacidad de los promotores de salud para empoderar a los miembros de la comunidad. Está diseñado para todos los promotores de salud, independientemente de la cantidad de años de experiencia que tengan o el tipo de actividades de extensión que realicen (como por ejemplo nutrición, cáncer, salud de la mujer).

Think Cultural Health ha producido un programa creativo y práctico, basado en los comentarios de expertos y usuarios. Esperamos que este programa de aprendizaje en línea le resulte una herramienta valiosa y cautivante para avanzar la equidad de salud, mejorar la calidad de la atención y reducir las disparidades en la salud.

Promoviendo Decisiones Saludables y Cambios en la Comunidad está disponible en

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Think Cultural Health es una iniciativa de la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE.UU. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 27 - National HIV Testing Day

In honor of the National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2015, the Communicable Disease Prevention Program of the Utah Department of Health, Local Health Departments and Community Based Organizations are joining the national effort to promote awareness and the importance of HIV testing.

 Find locations in Utah where Free or Low Cost HIV testing services are being provided and/or are holding special events.

You can also find additional information, articles and materials at:

Contraception Initiative &

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added a contraception initiative to the Quality of Care section on

CMS has established a Maternal and Infant Health Initiative (the Initiative) for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs.  Under the Initiative, CMCS will promote the use of effective methods of contraception in order to improve pregnancy timing and spacing and in turn, the health outcomes for both women and children.