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Hospitals are Open and Safe to Use

The coronavirus pandemic has come with its fair share of startling statistics and data—some expected and some unexpected. Managing the response to the virus has been a complex web of decisions on how to most effectively and efficiently respond to these trends. One of the more concerning data points surrounds the decline of hospital visits […]

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Governor Signs One Bill

SALT LAKE CITY (July 7, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed one bill. This brings the total number of signed pieces of legislation from the Fifth Special Session so far to 23. Information on this bill can be found below.  SB5011 High Risk Population Protection Amendments, Bramble, C.     ###

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Governor issues Executive Order relaxing requirements for telehealth providers

SALT LAKE CITY (March 25, 2020) – The governor issued an Executive Order today suspending sections of state statute that may make it difficult for health providers to provide telehealth care to their patients.  The order allows medical providers to offer a telehealth service that does not comply with the security and privacy standards required […]

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State restricts non-urgent medical procedures

Order applies to medical, dental, and veterinary procedures and will preserve personal protective equipment for treatment of COVID-19 SALT LAKE CITY (March 24, 2020) – In order to preserve masks, gloves and other protective equipment for medical professionals assisting in the fight against COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health has announced restrictions on medical, dental, […]

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Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox statement on positive case of COVID-19 on the Utah Jazz

NBA announces decision to suspend season following tonight’s games SALT LAKE CITY (March 11, 2020) – This evening, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox were informed that a player on the Utah Jazz has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while in Oklahoma City, and that the team is being screened […]

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Gov. Herbert declares state of emergency in preparation for coronavirus cases in Utah

Utah COVID-19 Task Force submits unanimous recommendation for declaration SALT LAKE CITY (March 6, 2020) – Earlier today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to the evolving outbreak of novel coronavirus. “Our number one focus is preparing for the arrival of novel coronavirus,” Gov. Herbert said. […]

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Medicaid Expansion: What’s Next for Utah?

A PDF of this information is available here. Last November, Utah Proposition 3, the “Utah Decides Healthcare Act of 2018” ballot initiative, was passed by 53% of Utah voters. Proposition 3 would have expanded Medicaid coverage to previously ineligible adults (children were already eligible) with incomes of up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level […]

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State of Utah’s statement on Utah’s Medicaid waiver request

SALT LAKE CITY (July 27, 2019) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Senate President Stuart Adams, and House Speaker Brad Wilson released the following statement regarding Utah’s anticipated Medicaid waiver request:  Late Friday the State of Utah received a call from the White House informing state leaders that its most recent Medicaid waiver request, which had […]

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Gov. Herbert signs S.B. 96, Medicaid Expansion Adjustments, into law

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 11. 2019) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement this afternoon after signing SB 96, Medicaid Expansion Adjustments, into law. “SB 96 balances Utah’s sense of compassion and frugality. It provides quality coverage to the same population covered by Proposition 3 in a meaningful, humane and sustainable way. It […]

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Frequently Asked Questions on SB 96

Q: Why bother with voter initiatives if the government is going to replace what the voters wanted? Government should come from the people. We voted, it passed, make it work. A: Voter initiatives are a vital part of Utah’s lawmaking process. They provide a way to address important issues that lawmakers may have been slow […]

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