Monday, December 23, 2019

Utah to Implement Full Medicaid Expansion

Media Contact:
Tom Hudachko
Utah Department of Health

Utah to Implement Full Medicaid Expansion

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement full Medicaid expansion in the state. The expansion will extend Medicaid eligibility to Utah adults whose annual income is up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($16,753 for an individual or $34,638 for a family of four). The federal government will cover 90% of the costs of these services, with the state covering the remaining 10%.

Enrollment and coverage for the newly eligible individuals will begin on January 1.
Today’s announcement, along with a smaller-scale expansion implemented last April, means up to 120,000 Utah adults who didn’t qualify for Medicaid at the beginning of 2019 qualify today.

“CMS’s decision is evidence states can craft viable, unique solutions to deliver critical health care services to their residents,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. “I want to thank CMS Administrator Seema Verma, along with her dedicated staff, who worked quickly and diligently to approve this request and allow us to expand within the parameters set by our state law.”

“Under Governor Herbert’s exemplary leadership, his state diligently pursued innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the lives of all Utahns,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Local leaders understand how to best design programs that align with their local needs and goals, and I am committed to helping states achieve their goals. I thank the Governor for his strong commitment to delivering impactful results to his state, and look forward to our continued work with Utah as we consider further enhancements to their health care programs.”

Some newly eligible adults will be required to participate in a self-sufficiency requirement in order to receive benefits. Exemptions from the self-sufficiency requirement will be provided for anyone who meets one of 13 exemption criteria, including those who are age 60 or older, pregnant, caring for young children, already working at least 30 hours a week, or students. Those who are subject to the self-sufficiency requirement will need to complete an online job assessment, online training programs, and 48 job searches within the first three months of eligibility. Failure to complete this process will result in termination of benefits. 

In addition, the state will require newly eligible adults to enroll in their employer-sponsored health plan if one is available. Medicaid will then cover the individual’s monthly premium and other out-of-pocket expenses. 

Utah’s waiver request for this expansion included other program components, including premiums and surcharges for those over 100% of the federal poverty level, housing supports, and penalties for intentional program violations. CMS is still reviewing these program components and they may be added to the expansion program if CMS approves them at a later date.

UDOH submitted this expansion request (known as the “Fallback Plan”), at the direction of Senate Bill 96, which was sponsored by Sen. Allen Christen and Rep. Jim Dunnigan. “Over the last couple of years, we have explored and implemented several expansion options,” said Rep. Dunnigan. “This approval is very important for our state budget so we can begin receiving the higher federal match for these services. We look forward to working with CMS to obtain approval of the remaining components of our request so this expansion has the additional supports and cost controls we envisioned.”  

To be eligible for the new program, individuals must be a Utah resident between the ages of 19 and 64, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and meet income requirements. Information on how to apply for Medicaid can be found at Applications are accepted online, over the phone, or by mail. 

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Rural Utah clinic recognized as a leader in the nation of the Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions

Congratulations, 2019 Champions!
Million Hearts® has recognized 17 solo practitioners, large health systems, community health centers, and specialty groups as 2019 Hypertension Control Champions. In their work, these Champions were able to achieve blood pressure control for at least 80% of their adult patients with hypertension. Together, the 2019 Champions cared for nearly 360,000 adults.

Alexander Valley Healthcare, Cloverdale, California*
Intermountain Moroni Clinic, Moroni, Utah
Burstein Medical Associates, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Charles City Regional Health Services, Inc., Charles City, Virginia*
Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa, Inc., West Burlington, Iowa*
Esperanza Health Centers, Chicago, Illinois*
Gilman Family Practice, Spokane Valley, Washington
Larry S. Hahn, DO, Pinnacle Physicians Group, Trevose, Pennsylvania
Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates PA, Flemington, New Jersey
Nusrat Khan, MD, MBA, CMQ, Medpeds Medical Clinic, PA, Weatherford, Texas
Paul Mantia, MD, Elmhurst, New York
Marshfield Clinic Health System, Marshfield, Wisconsin*
Mercy Health Clinics, LLC (Mercy Health Irvine Primary Care, Mercy Health Powell County Primary Care, Mercy Health Lee County Primary Care), Irvine, Kentucky
Mid-Florida Primary Care, Leesburg, Florida
Edward Rippel, MD, Quinnipiac Internal Medicine, PC, Hamden, Connecticut
University Internal Medicine, Inc., Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Gonzalo Urbano, MD, Brooklyn, New York
* Denotes a health care organization that is or includes a health center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

MotherToBaby Utah: Best for Moms, Best for Babies-Controlling Diabetes Before Pregnancy


Sunday, December 1, 2019

World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day - December 1

World AIDS Day, observed each year on December 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the launch of, a newly designed website that will help connect Americans looking for substance abuse treatment with approximately 13,000 locations across the United States.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Improving Access to Health Care for Utah’s Rural Veterans

Improving Access to Health Care for Utah’s Rural Veterans
Utah is one of three states to be awarded the Rural Veterans Health Access Program

(Salt Lake City, UT) Utah is home to nearly 130,000 veterans and more than 33,000 of them live in Utah’s rural counties. Veterans choose rural communities for a number of reasons: closer to family, friends, and community; access to outdoor recreation; more privacy; lower cost of living; or less crowded towns and schools. While veterans may like the benefits of rural living, they may also experience rural health care challenges intensified by combat-related injuries and illnesses.

Recently, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH) was awarded the Rural Veterans Health Access Program from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). Utah was one of only three states to win the award which is designed to improve health care access for veterans who live in rural areas. The OPCRH will receive $900,000 over a 3-year period. To that end, the OPCRH has established a Rural Veteran Coalition to bring together rural health care stakeholders and Veterans Administration (VA) administrators to create a network of resources and trainings to bridge the gap between local health care organizations and the VA. The OPCRH will be offering two sub-grants each year for $25,000 for communities to help increase access to care for veterans living in their community. For more information, please visit:

Matt McCullough, director of the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH) says when writing the application for the grant, he was reminded of VA motto, a quote from Abraham Lincoln which says "To bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan." McCullough says, “I believe Utah has a duty to provide better health care service for our state’s veterans.”

Outside the Wasatch Front, the highest concentration of rural veterans live in the rural and frontier counties of Garfield, Piute, Kane, and Washington. Being geographically isolated with complicated terrain, long travel distances, and few resources available, Utah’s rural
health care organizations provide vital services to their communities. Unfortunately, since veteran populations have a disproportionally higher prevalence of cancer, COPD, diabetes, hearing loss, hypertension, and mental health disorders than non-veteran populations, improving access to readily available health care is a necessity. 

Due to the critical services provided in Utah’s rural communities, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared November 18–22, 2019 as Rural Health Week in Utah. For more information about rural health in Utah visit httpw://
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Media Contact: Charla Haley 801-230-5927

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

UDOH Oral Health Program Adolescent Oral Health Report 2018-2019

During the 2018–2019 school year, the Oral Health Program (OHP) continued the Adolescent Oral Health Campaign which initially launched during the 2016–2017 school year. This intervention, designed to educate middle school-aged students about oral health care, works with the vision of encouraging positive oral health behaviors and increasing participation and utilization of preventive dental services. The campaign targeted middle school and high school health classes in schools along the Wasatch Front.

The OHP provided 126 presentations by visiting 18 schools, reaching 2,938 middle and high school students during the 2018–2019 school year.

Read the results of this campaign. Adolescent Oral Health Campaign 2018-2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Grand Opening of U of U School of Dentistry at Liberty Community Learning Center

In partnership with the Salt Lake Education Foundation, University of Utah School of
Dentistry is celebrating the opening of a dental clinic at Liberty Community Learning Center.

The clinic will serve adults and students in neighborhoods of four area elementary schools – Whittier Elementary, Bennion Elementary, Liberty Elementary, and Washington Elementary. Patients will be treated by dental students who are under constant supervision by licensed faculty members. Tooth pain and tooth decay are the leading cause of grade school absence, so providing oral health care to the community is critical with this patient population.

The School of Dentistry’s mission is to provide care to the community, especially to underserved populations, and this partnership is part of an effort to expand access to care to more communities in need throughout Utah. The clinic will serve patients Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

Salt Lake Education Foundation and the
University of Utah School of Dentistry invite you and a guest to the


Wednesday, November 20, 2019
9:30–10:30 am
9:30 am Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
10:00 am Clinic Tours
10:30 am Event Concludes

Liberty Community Learning Center
1078 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Monday, November 11, 2019

U of U Caring Connections Grief and the Holidays event

On November 19, Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program will be hosting Grief and the Holidays—our annual public event to support grieving people as they navigate the challenges of the winter holidays. 

This year, our presenter is Haloti Ngata, former defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens—who will be sharing the story of the loss of his parents. Our musical guest is singer/songwriter Junior Maile. Junior Maile lost his brother, and will share an uplifting performance.

Please join us, Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm at the University of Utah Annette Poulson Cumming Building, 10 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City. 

This event is free and parking is provided. 
Call 801-585-9522 for details, or view this announcement from KUED-Contact

 We are also announcing the Nov 23rd Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, at 10 am at the Utah Sons of the Pioneers Building.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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The HIV PREVENTION CERTIFIED PROVIDERTM program is an online, self-paced CME curriculum composed of five (5) free e-learning courses in HIV prevention detailing the pertinent clinical and practice information that clinicians need to effectively employ HIV prevention interventions.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants:
  • Earn a certificate recognizing their designation as an HIV Prevention Certified Provider (HIV PCP), and receive 5.0 continuing education credits (types detailed below).
  • Receive a listing in the new HIV PCP National Online Directory, for providers to promote their practice's HIV prevention services and for consumers to identify clinically and culturally competent providers of PrEP and other HIV prevention services.

The HIV PCP is available to all providers and healthcare workers. Continuing education credits are available to:
  • Medical Doctors (MD)
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Doctors of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Other degrees, such as Bachelors of Science

The following continuing education credit types and accompanying credits are awarded for completion of each module:
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) - 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) - 1.00 contact hour of continuing education credit
  • Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) - 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)
  • Certificate of Completion - 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
The 2019 Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America highlights increased HIV prevention efforts, including the need for more providers to prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and support clients with HIV in becoming virally suppressed. The HIV PCP program prepares and educates primary care providers, HIV care providers, internists, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinicians to deliver effective, comprehensive, culturally competent HIV prevention interventions, thereby expanding the HIV prevention workforce.

New TFAH Report: Adolescent Suicide Up 87 Percent Over Last Decade

Pain in The Nation Report Series
Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Misuse and Suicide

Focused on the health and well-being of adolescents, this report continues a series, Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust. The Pain in the Nation series informs national policy to advance a comprehensive National Resilience Strategy.

This report is focused on adolescents for two reasons: adolescent suicides and vaping have spiked in recent years. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers. The report also recognizes that adolescents are at a juncture in their lives where circumstances (socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic background) and negative experiences (bigotry, bullying, and alienation) can increase risk. Conversely, positive experiences (connectedness to school and family, and mentoring) can decrease risk.

The report highlights dozens of evidence-based and cross-sector approaches that can improve adolescents’ life circumstances, protect them from harm, and set them on healthy trajectories leading to their success in school and into adulthood. Scaling up the policies and programs outlined in the report would not only decrease adolescent substance misuse and suicide – but they would also improve other important youth outcomes, such as graduation rates.

Read the Report

Key Findings:
  • 87 percent increase in adolescent suicide rates (ages 12 – 19) over the last decade.
  • 60 percent of high school students report lifetime alcohol use, down from 82 percent in 1991.
  • Suicide rates among American Indian/Alaskan Native adolescents (ages 15-19) is 60 percent higher than the national average for all teenagers.
  • 48 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents report considering or attempting suicide.
  • 5,455 individuals (ages 15-24) died due to a drug overdose in 2017.
  • 78 percent one-year (2017 – 2018) increase in e-cigarette use rates among high school teens and 48 percent among middle school students. 

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You may qualify for assistance to reduce your monthly premiums. Come back to to create an account and review your coverage options for 2020. 

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Deadline: You have until December 15 to enroll in a plan for 2020 health coverage.

AUCH is hiring Community Health Workers

Association for Utah Community Health
CHW - SelectHealth
Job Description

Have you ever helped a family member or friend receive healthcare services? Do your neighbors or friends come to you for help? Are there things harming your community you feel passionate about changing? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," this might be the job opportunity for you.

Position Title: Community Health Worker (CHW) - SelectHealth
Start Date: December 2019

Position Description:
CHWs are trusted, knowledgeable frontline health personnel who typically come from the communities they serve. CHWs bridge cultural and linguistic barriers, expand access to coverage and care, and improve health outcomes.

CHW responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:
  • Supporting community partnerships, in coordination with Lead Support Specialist CHW, and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the community by serving as an advocate to improve health and social outcomes
  • Establishing trusting relationships with patients and their families to help them become more engaged in their health
  • Conducting intake interviews with patients utilizing motivational interviewing and health coaching, and enrolling and/or referring patients into applicable health and community resources
  • Following-up with patients via phone calls, home visits, and visits to other settings where patients can be found
  • Working closely with clinical teams to ensure that patients have comprehensive and coordinated care
  • Documenting patient activities and outcomes in appropriate databases
  • Participating in community and professional events as requested
  • Attending team meetings as assigned to discuss progress, successes, and challenges
  • Other duties as assigned
This full-time position will support AUCH’s partnership with SelectHealth in providing services to their members.

Organizational Background/Mission
For over 30 years, The Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) has represented Utah's Health Centers and their patients. As the Primary Care Association in the state, we provide over 12,000 hours of training and technical assistance to 13 Health Centers and 5 affiliate members each year. Our members include Federal Health Center grantees who provide comprehensive, high-quality primary and preventive healthcare services to all individuals, with or without insurance, regardless of ability to pay. Health Centers are community-based, patient-directed organizations that eliminate geographical and financial barriers and serve populations with limited access to care. In support of our members and the people they serve, AUCH helps reduce barriers to healthcare through health promotion, community engagement and development, education, and policy analysis. AUCH is designated by the Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care as the state Primary Care Association and receives federal program support to develop and enhance services for members.
Category:                                                 Responsible to:                                              Salary Range:
Full-Time, Non-Exempt                             CHW Manager                                                DOE

Qualifications and Requirements: The following requirements must be met to be considered for the program:
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Written and oral fluency in English; other language capabilities desired
  • Basic computer skills
  • Familiarity with documenting and data reporting
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with patients and program stakeholders
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the target community
  • Good communication skills such as listening, speaking, and writing
  • Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement, and motivation to patients
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Willingness to take initiative and be pro-active in daily work
  • Experience working within community partnerships preferred
  • Experience working as a Community Health Worker, or within a similar capacity, for at least one year preferred

Benefits include medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, sick leave and vacation, life and disability insurance, flex spending plan, and retirement plan (Simplified Employee Pension or SEP).

A background check will be conducted on all potential candidates.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Cynthia O’Connor at Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month Twitter Chat. November 13, 3-4 pm ET. #NativeHealthChat

Join the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the HHS Indian Health Service (IHS) for a Twitter chat in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. The chat will focus on maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle and sharing resources to help the Native American community. Use hashtag #NativeHealthChat to join.
November 13, 3:00 pm ETLearn more

Utah Census 2020 Grant

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

UDOH Bureau of Managed Care Job Openings

The Utah Department of Health has
continuous recruitment open for the following position:

Health Program Representative – 4 positions available

$17.68 - $31.25

These are full-time, career service positions with benefits.

Requisition #   21493

Closes:   Will remain open for an extended period of time.

In order to be considered for an interview for these positions, you will need to apply on-line at  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account at

Friday, October 25, 2019

Utah Take Back Day

Saturday, October 26th, from 10am-2pm is Utah Take Back Day. 
Utah Take Back is a bi-annual event to assist you in properly disposing of unused/unwanted prescriptions.

Go to to find a take back location near you.


Careers at the Rape Recovery Center

The Rape Recovery Center has three positions open.

Executive Director, closes November 1st
Therapist, open until filled (priority deadline November 11th)
Prevention Specialist, open until filled
To apply for any of these positions, applicants should send a cover letter and resume to with position name as the subject title (e.g. "Executive Director")

Save The Date: Utah Health Policy Project's Annual Conference Dec 11

 UHPP's annual conference: Health Care Solutions for Utahns

Wednesday December 11th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City

We are excited to announce our lunchtime keynote speaker, Elaine Ryan, AARP's vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration. Elaine will be sharing her expertise with us on national and state prescription drug affordability initiatives. You don't want to miss this!

Other topics will include:

·    Medicaid expansion update
·    Addressing rising health care costs
·    Panel with Take Care Utah (UHPP's enrollment initiative) about Medicaid expansion, Targeted

Adult Medicaid, and CHIP enrollment

·    Discussion on this the Office of Health Disparities' new report, which details health disparities by legislative district 

Admission is $40, and scholarships are available if needed (especially for students) - just message us for the coupon code. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Friday, October 18, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau: Recognizing Manufacturing's Impact on the U.S. Economy

America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

Recognizing Manufacturing's Impact on the U.S. Economy

It’s no secret the manufacturing sector has a major impact on the U.S. economy. But just how big of an impact will be recognized on Manufacturing Day this week.
Manufacturing Day is held annually on the first Friday in October to showcase the contributions of this key economic sector but events are happening all week across the country.

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To highlight modern manufacturing careers, companies and educational institutions are encouraged to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.
The U.S. Census Bureau will join other agencies by posting important manufacturing content on the Manufacturing Day webpage beginning today and continuing throughout the week. Continue Reading...

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Application Now Open - NHSC 2020 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

Up to $120K in Loan Repayment for Graduating Medical and Dental Students

Application Cycle is Now Open
! The 2020 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) is now open and will close on Thursday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Read the 2020 Application and Program Guidance (PDF-1.2 MB) carefully before you start your application.    
About the Program: Provides up to $120,000 (tax free) to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full-time for at least 3 years or part-time for 6 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.
  • Students applying to the program must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical or dental degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Installments are paid to students annually in a lump sum which, when applied to qualified health professional student loans, can significantly lower the overall debt by reducing accrued loan interest amounts.
  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and could potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continued service at an approved NHSC site.
Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in one of these application events:

Application Webinar
October 9
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Access Link
Dial in number: 800-857-1286
Passcode: 5851178

Q & A Sessions
October 16 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Access Link
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