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Volume 24 • Number 4
November, December 2015, January 2016
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In times of stress and fast
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1 President’s Message
2 From the Editor
3 Special Session on Medicaid Expansion
4 The Window to the Body: The Effect of Oral Health on Overall Health
5 On the National Front
6 Vaccines Across the Lifespan
9 In Memoriam
11 GRC Committee News
11 From the Membership Committee
Page 2 • Utah Nurse November, December 2015, January 2016
Aimee McLean, BSN, RN, CCHP
Hello fellow Utah nurses! Fall us upon us and with the
changing colors in the leaves, we will see some changes
at the UNA as well. The yearly election has now passed
and we will be welcoming in a few new board members
and others will take on new positions. As always, we
continue to encourage each and every one of you to join
the UNA and to participate in leadership for our state.
Each and every voice is important and we would love to
hear from all of you. I encourage letters to the editor with
things that excite you or infuriate you or just interest you.
If it is important to you it is likely important to many other
nurses across the state. We understand that life is busy
and sometimes we are not in a position to fully participate
in professional organizations, but most of us can find
a few minutes to write an email or send a letter. Our
careers are not only our livelihood; they are our passions.
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that are important to you as a nurse or things you would
be interested in learning more about. Then drop us a
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November, December 2015, January 2016 Utah Nurse • Page 3
All but Seven Republican Legislators Vote “NO”
to Special Session on Medicaid Expansion in 2015
(Fiscal bottom-line outweighs human lives.)
Kathleen Kaufman, GRC Chair
RyLee Curtis, Senior Health Policy Analyst
at the Utah Health Policy Project
The closed door meeting of the Republican caucus
on October 13th has shown the true lack of courage
in our Republican legislators. Seven voted in favor
of an interim session to decide the matter…the rest
voted no – a lack of support voted in private without
accountability to the public. No chance to debate in
public, no chance for the public to hear legislators’
actual positions. YOU need to determine how your
Republican legislator voted, hold them accountable,
and REMEMBER this lack of faith in the open
democratic process. There will be no interim session
to consider this crucial legislation and more Utahns
will die waiting for care.
Some history: In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme
Court (SCOTUS) ruling that protected the Affordable
Care Act’s (ACA) premium subsidies for over 80,000
Utahns, prospects were looking up for finally closing
Utah’s Medicaid coverage gap. (Now approximately
53,000 minimum wage, part time employees are
the people who still need covered by a Medicaid
expansion-type plan.) With the SCOTUS ruling,
generous providers who have been giving care
essentially for free will have many patients now able
to buy subsidized commercial insurance and the
providers will receive commercial insurance rates for
their care. This is an improvement for the providers’
“This ruling lets us really kind of ramp it up,” House
Speaker Greg Hughes, (R-Draper) told reporter Glen
Mills at ABC-4. “It’s not going to be in the next week
or so, but now I think we’re a lot closer than we were
prior to knowing what the landscape would look like.”
By “us,” Speaker Hughes is referring to the “Gang of
Six,” a special group of policymakers created on the
last day of the 2015 legislative session to negotiate a
solution to Utah’s coverage gap by a July 31 deadline.
The gang, made up of Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox,
President Niederhauser, Speaker Hughes, Sen.
Shiozawa, and Rep. Dunnigan has been meeting
regularly ever since.
But July 31st came and went, quickly, and without
a solid proposal. Instead the gang put forth what they
called a conceptual framework on which all the gang
could agree. Basically they agreed on three things: 1)
they all wanted to close the Medicaid gap completely
and offer coverage to low-income Utahns earning
between 0-133% FPL; 2) they wanted to draw down
the full federal funding available to the state under
the ACA to implement expansion; and 3) they wanted
to assess the industries that will benefit most from
expansion, and have them help pay for the program
(think hospitals, providers, pharmacies, and the like).
The gang had also announced its continued desire
to call a special session in October to finally provide
coverage to Utahns who desperately need it.
October is now here and 53,000 low-income
Utahns are still living in the Medicaid coverage gap,
Utahns want our lawmakers to buckle down to fix
it. Utah’s coverage gap is a man-made disaster that
requires effective public policy that is not beyond
the reach of our legislature. Many of our red state
neighbors are ready for a red state solution to the
coverage gap, and Utah seemed very close to
delivering a working template. Our state had an
unprecedented opportunity to lead on the biggest
health care dilemma facing 21 legislatures across the
With the King v. Burwell court decision behind us,
the realistic policy-based challenges the Gang needs
to overcome are 1) budgeting the overall cost of the
program, and 2) determining who bears the risk if the
cost goes over projections.
In interviews, both Sen. Brian Shiozawa and
Speaker Greg Hughes indicated a desire to have
hospitals, providers, and the pharmaceutical
industries help the state mitigate the risks of
potential cost overruns. While this seemed to be
good news, it may have been a clever ploy to build
up provider resistance so the bill could not pass.
Some providers and facilities bitterly complained at
being assessed for providing Medicaid care. They
protest that they already are being reimbursed at
very low rates by Medicaid. Are they overlooking
that many of their former charity patients will now
have subsidized commercial insurance that will now
reimburse them at regular commercial rates? And
the former charity patients who go on Medicaid
actually would have SOME payment at admittedly
low Medicaid rates.
We expect the Gang of Six to develop a funding
system that engages the state to put its “skin in
the game.” So long as the plan follows the key
principles of closing the coverage gap completely
with a comprehensive health benefit and bringing the
maximum amount of tax dollars back to the state—
we are on board with finding payment options. We
think a great place to start is to review the significant
cost budget savings other states achieved after they
expanded Medicaid. And look at the potential savings
in our correction system in Utah that serves as the
largest mental health facility in Utah – paid for totally
with tax dollars.
This article is a collaboration between Kathleen
Kaufman, GRC Chair, and RyLee Curtis, Senior
Health Policy Analyst at the Utah Health Policy
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The Window to the Body:
The Effect of Oral Health on Overall Health
Kristi Merrill, RDH Utah Department of Health Oral Health Program Intern
According to the CDC, approximately 47.2% of adults in the U.S. ages 30 or older
have been diagnosed with some form of periodontal disease (CDC, 2015c). Periodontal
disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and stabilize teeth so they can
function in their proper place. Periodontal disease can affect not only the gum tissue
but also the alveolar bone of the jaw, both of which are responsible for supporting the
teeth (Kuo, p. 417).
Why should nurses be concerned about the condition of a person’s oral
Many diseases are in various ways, affected by oral health. The mouth is the
beginning of the gastrointestinal tract and is an entry window to the body. Oral health
can be a determining factor in prognosis of diseases happening within the body. It is
also a place where bacteria are constantly present, and vascularity running to teeth
and gum tissue serves as a conduit for infectious bacteria to travel from the mouth
to the rest of the body, affecting it systemically. If a person has poor oral hygiene
and a systemic disease, this compromises a person’s oral as well as overall health.
Nurses can play an important role in their patients overall health by understanding and
identifying the relationship between oral health and systemic disease.
Proper management of diabetes is very important to promote and protect both
oral and systemic health. With the increasing prevalence of diabetes, collaboration of
healthcare providers has become even more important as health issues are addressed.
In 2011, approximately 20.8 million people in the United States had been diagnosed
with diabetes, an increase from 5.5 million in 1980 (CDC, 2015b). Due to their chronic
inflammatory characteristics, both diabetes and periodontal disease are exacerbated
by increased inflammatory marker levels, which are elevated when these conditions are
not adequately managed. Thus, if periodontitis is uncontrolled, then diabetes is less
controllable and vice versa (Kumar, 2015). Because of this relationship, periodontitis is
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now considered a complication of diabetes. If a patient with diabetes has uncontrolled
periodontitis, it can induce insulin resistance and result in poor glycemic control (Kuo,
p. 420). Diabetic patients have an exaggerated response to periodontal pathogens
due to the increase in circulating inflammatory mediators. When diabetes is unstable,
it promotes the breakdown of collagen. This breakdown occurs around teeth in the
gum tissue and in the bone support surrounding teeth, resulting in tissue destruction
and eventually tooth loss. Decreased wound healing is another complication of
diabetes, which may contribute to existing periodontal condition by slowing healing.
This occurrence can continue to cycle and hinder management or worsen the diabetic
condition (Kumar, p. 256). Management of both conditions is necessary when both are
present. It is therefore important for all healthcare providers to be able to identify the
presence of inflammation and poor oral health in diabetic patients so they can seek the
treatment they need to manage their health.
Cancer is a disease that can change every aspect of a person’s life, including their
oral health. Nurses can play an important part in the identification of oral cancer. The
most common oral cancers found are related to the use of tobacco. Although oral
cancer is fairly rare (2-4%), about 75% of oral cancers are caused by tobacco use
(CDC, 2013). In 2013, approximately 42.1 million adults in the US smoked (CDC, 2015a).
Statistics from 2012 show that of every 100 adults, 4 used smokeless tobacco (CDC,
2015d). The head and neck area is very vascular and oral cancer can easily spread
to vital organs like the lungs, heart, and brain. Oral cancer screenings are part of the
dental hygiene standard of care. Nurses can perform the same screenings and also
discuss smoking cessation with their patients.
In addition to periodontal disease, presence of tooth decay is relevant to all
healthcare providers. In 2009, Utah hospitals saw over 8,700 patients in emergency
departments for visits addressing dental and jaw concerns (Pew, p. 4). Patients are
going to emergency departments for issues like tooth pain and sepsis from a dental
infection because they delay treatment for their problems until they become major
issues. These patients aren’t able to receive adequate treatment in the emergency
department because hospitals aren’t equipped to provide dental care. Pew Center on
the States (2012) reports that “A study of low-income patients with toothaches found
that among those who went to an emergency room, 80 percent needed subsequent
care from a dentist” (p. 3). This occurrence creates a burden for emergency
departments and time and effort may be wasted when patients aren’t seen in
According to the Pew Center on the States (2012), poor oral health affects children’s
academic performance due to missed school days. This can also translate to adults
missing work due to dental problems, which affects their income. Patients’ everyday
lives are affected by the state of their health, including what is happening in the mouth.
As more healthcare providers are able to assist with early identification of dental
problems, referrals can be made so patients can be treated in settings more suitable to
fit their needs.
In efforts to promote wellness, nurses can be great advocates for oral health.
Nurses can help minimize the effects of oral infections like cavities and gum disease
through prompt identification and referral to dental care providers. Healthy gum
tissue is light pink, is tight to the teeth, does not bleed and is not painful. Signs and
symptoms of infection include plaque and calculus (tartar) accumulation, red, swollen
gum tissue, bleeding, gum recession, and aching or loose teeth (Kuo, p.420). If these
are identified, regular visits to the dentist every six months should be encouraged as
well as consistent home care, including with brushing twice a day for two minutes and
flossing once a day.
Oral health is important to systemic health and the overall wellbeing of patients
as described in the selected examples. Patients can truly benefit from nurses
evaluating oral care as part of their assessment of the patients overall health. Oral
health promotion is being integrated interprofessionally through programs like Smiles
for Life. It was developed as a national oral health curriculum, and is endorsed by
the American Dental Association, American Dental Hygiene Association, American
Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of Community Health Centers, and many
others (Smiles for Life, n.d.). Its online source, www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org, has free
educational modules for health professionals to use as they learn how to integrate oral
health promotion. With the large workforce of over three million nurses and over 150,
000 nurse practitioners (Dolce, p. 1), evaluation and referral for dental care can be
improved greatly as nurses understand their role in oral health promotion.
A Costly Dental Destination Hospital Care Means States Pay Dearly. (2012). Pew Children’s
Dental Campaign, 1-22.
Dolce, M., Haber, J., & Shelley, D. (2012). Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program.
Nursing Research and Practice, 1-5.
Fast Facts. (2015, April 15). Retrieved July 30, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_
Kumar, M., Mishra, L., Mohanty, R., & Nayak, R. (2014). “Diabetes and gum disease: The diabolic
duo”. Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews, 255-258.
Kuo, L., Polson, A., & Kang, T. (2007). Associations between periodontal diseases and systemic
diseases: A review of the inter-relationships and interactions with diabetes, respiratory
diseases, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. Public Health, 417-433.
Number (in Millions) of Civilian, Noninstitutionalized Adults with Diagnosed Diabetes, United
States, 1980–2011. (2013, March 2). Retrieved July 30, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/
Oral Cancer. (2013, July 10). Retrieved July 30, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/
Periodontal Disease. (2015, March 10). Retrieved July 30, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/
Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum. (n.d.). Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://
Smokeless Tobacco Use in the United States. (2015, July 13). Retrieved July 30, 2015, from
November, December 2015, January 2016 Utah Nurse • Page 5
ON THE NATIONAL FRONT
UNA sent Angela York to represent the state of Utah at
the ANA-C/SNA Annual Lobbyist Meeting in Washington
DC. Hot topics trending nationally included Medicaid
Expansion, the AARP Family Caregiver Act, the Nurse
Licensure Compact, APRNs -making the business
case, transition to practice, best models; Community
Paramedics delivering home health care in rural settings,
mandatory immunizations and many more.
ANA continues to keep the same stance in regards
to the Nurse Licensure Compact. Taken from meeting
minutes, “The RN Compact approved in May 2015 is
being marketed and is referred to as the “enhanced”
Compact based on higher standards to which NCSBN
identifies as: (1) the criminal background check (CBC)
(state and federal) and (2) restriction of those from ever
having been convicted of a felony from acquiring a
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Audrey M. Stevenson PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Although most individuals are aware of the need
for childhood vaccines, a large number of teens
and adults have not received all recommended
vaccines. These vaccines are critically needed at
all ages to prevent diseases and their sequelae
including long-term illness, hospitalization, and
even death. The percentage of adults that have
received all recommended vaccines is well below the
recommended levels needed to achieve herd immunity.
The purpose of this article is to provide nurses with
information on the importance of promoting vaccines
to individuals across the lifespan.
Vaccines are an important protective mechanism
in order to keep individuals themselves as well as
others in the community healthy. According to the
Center for Disease Control (CDC), vaccine preventable
diseases are responsible each year for an average
of 226,000 hospitalizations due to influenza with
mortality between 3,000 and 49,000 people due to
influenza and its complications, with the majority of
those being adult. There were approximately 32,000
cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in 2012, with
approximately 3,300 deaths. Currently, in the United
States, between 800,000 and 1.4 million people
suffer from chronic hepatitis B, which can lead to
complications such as liver cancer. HPV is responsible
for 17,000 cancers in women and 9,000 cancers in
men in the U.S. each year, with 4,000 women losing
their life each year from cervical cancer as a result of
The factors that influence the need for vaccines
include: the age of the individual, personal health
conditions, occupation, lifestyle, international travel
and receipt of previous vaccines.
Why are Adult Vaccine Levels Low?
Older adults have traditionally had better vaccine
rates for immunizations such of influenza and
pneumococcal than younger adults and teens. Many
younger adults assume that only children and teens
need vaccine. In many cases young adults aren’t
aware that they may be missing vaccines that they
didn’t receive in childhood such as vaccines against
Hepatitis A and B. They may also not be aware that
some vaccines, such as Tetanus and Diphtheria
booster doses every 10 years to continue to provide
protection as the vaccine’s efficacy begins to wane.
Another reason that many adults don’t receive
vaccines is that they are unaware of the seriousness
of particular diseases and do not feel susceptible to
contracting the disease. Few adults today have ever
personally experienced or known anyone who has had
many of the diseases that vaccines prevent, leading
to a false perception of safety that actually harms
the entire community. Adults are also susceptible
to misinformation about the need for or safety of
How to Determine if You are Missing Needed
Individuals are often unsure of the vaccines needed
for themselves or their family members. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention has a number
of resources to provide both individuals healthcare
professional information on vaccine topics. One tool
that is particularly helpful is a quiz on required vaccines
for adults and adolescents. (http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/
Adult Vaccines (19 and older)
Although many adults may have received some
or all of the recommended vaccines in childhood it is
important for each individual to review their vaccine
record to ensure that they are fully protected. The
following are the vaccines recommended for individuals
18 and older:
• Influenza (yearly)
• Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap)
• Human papillomavirus (HPV) for both Females and
• Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
• Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate (PCV13)
• Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV23)
• Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B
• Haemophilus Influenzae type B (HIB)
Historically the only place that an individual could
receive a vaccine was at the individual’s healthcare
provider’s office, which has changed in recent years.
In addition to receiving vaccines at your healthcare
provider’s office, individuals can receive most the
recommended vaccines at pharmacies, Urgent Care
Centers and other community locations. In addition,
many employers recognize the importance of vaccinating
employees and provide flu and other vaccines at the
Implications for Nurses
• Become a vaccine champion
• Be familiar with and recommend all of the vaccines
needed by your patients
• Set the example by ensuring that you have
received all of the recommended and required
vaccines to protect your health and the health of
For more information and helpful vaccine tools go to:
For a vaccine app: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/
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Joann Benson passed away September 2015. She
went to LPN school in 1961 and returned again in 1977
for her RN degree at Weber State College. She worked in
the Operating Room at the University of Utah for 25 years
and retired in 1990.
Leonore Bonacci passed away August 31, 2015. She
studied nursing at St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing
in Chicago and graduated in 1942. During World War
II, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and served in
England, France, Luxembourg, Austria and Germany. In
1945, she served in Weimar, Germany, at the liberation
of the Buchenwald concentration camp. In Utah, she
worked as a nurse in Salt Lake City and enjoyed a
long career as an operating room nurse at Carbon and
Castleview Hospitals, she retired as the OR Supervisor
and Administrator at Castleview Hospital.
Nga Trieu Carman passed away September 4, 2015.
She attended, graduated from, and was honored by the
University of Utah. She spent years caring for others
and worked in various areas such as the ICU, mental
health, pediatrics, and hospice. She also attended and
graduated from Westminster becoming a Family Nurse
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and care for those in need.
Judith Kiernan passed away July 28, 2015. Judy
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and Faculty Practice at the University of Utah College
of Nursing. In October of 1986, she accepted the
position as Director of Nursing for Medical/Surgical
and Rehabilitation at the Health Sciences Center.
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her PhD in Health Service Administration in 1992 from
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and dedication to continually improving the
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Nursing Grant-in-Aid Scholarships – Utah Nurses Foundation – Guidelines
The guidelines listed below shall be followed to assist in ensuring the best possible coordination
of efforts in receiving and processing nursing student requests for scholarships. Scholarships will be
awarded for tuition and books only.
• Scholarships must be postmarked by June 1 or October 1 of each calendar year to be
• Applicants will receive notice of the Board’s recommendations by July 15 and October 15 of
each calendar year.
• Recipients are only eligible to receive scholarships twice.
• Applicants must abide by the criteria listed below.
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA
The applicant must:
• Have a cumulative grade point average, which is equivalent to a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
• Be a United States citizen and a resident of Utah.
• Have completed a minimum of one semester of core nursing courses prior to application.
• If a student in undergraduate nursing programs, be involved in the school’s chapter of the
National Student Nurses Association.
• If a registered nurse completing a Baccalaureate Degree or an Advanced Nursing Degree, be
a member of Utah Nurses Association (state only) or a member of Utah Nurses Association/
American Nurses Association.
• Submit a personal narrative describing his/her anticipated role in nursing in the state of Utah,
which will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee.
• Submit three original letters of recommendation. Letters submitted from faculty advisor and
employer must be originals addressed to the Utah Nurses Foundation Scholarship Committee.
• Be enrolled in six credit hours or more per semester to be considered. Preference will be given
to applicants engaged in full-time study.
• Demonstrate a financial need. All of the applicant’s resources for financial aid (scholarships,
loans, wages, gifts, etc.) must be clearly and correctly listed (and include dollar amounts and
duration of each source of aid) on the application
• The Scholarship Committee shall consider the following priorities in making scholarship
recommendations to the Board of Trustees
◦ RNs pursuing BSN
◦ Graduate and postgraduate nursing study
◦ Formal nursing programs - advanced practice nurses
◦ Students enrolled in undergraduate nursing programs
• The Applicant is required to submit the following with the completed application form:
• Copy of current official transcript of grades (no grade reports).
• Three letters of recommendation.
◦ One must be from a faculty advisor and
◦ One must be from an employer. (If the applicant has been unemployed for greater than
1 year, one must be from someone who can address the applicant’s work ethic, either
through volunteer service or some other form.)
◦ At least one should reflect applicant’s commitment to nursing.
◦ All must be in original form and must be
◦ Signed and addressed to the UNF scholarship committee.
• Narrative statement describing your anticipated role in nursing in Utah, upon completion of the
• Letter from the school verifying the applicant’s acceptance in the nursing program.
• Copy of ID from National Student Nurses Association or Utah Nurses Association with
In the event of a scholarship award, the nursing student agrees to work for a Utah Health Care
Facility or Utah Educational Institution as a full-time employee for a period of one year, or part-time
for a period of two years.
Student recipient agrees to join the Utah Nurses Association within 6 months of graduation at the
advertised reduced rate.
If for any reason the educational program and/or work in Utah is not completed, the scholarship
monies will be reimbursed to the Utah Nurses Foundation by the nursing student.
NURSING GRANT-IN-AID SCHOLARSHIPS
Street City State Zip
Street City State Zip
Please indicate school of nursing to which you would apply a UNF scholarship.
Expected Graduation Date:
Current and previous nursing experience (if applicable) - Attach Resume
Where did you obtain your information about UNF and its scholarship program?
Reason for scholarship need.
Description of scholarship amounts requested
(itemize tuition and books for each quarter or semester as well as financial support available).
Please use this format and attach to application.
Semester Expense Description Amount Requested Financial Support Available
Estimated total for academic year: $ $
List amounts of all other financial support available (i.e. awards, loans, gifts, scholarships,
tuition reimbursements, wages, parents, spouse). Please attach to application.
The undersigned applicant agrees that if this application is accepted and an award made, the
applicant will be bound by the terms and conditions of the award. The applicant certifies that the
above statements are true and correct and are given for the purpose of obtaining a UNF
scholarship. The Utah Nurses Foundation is authorized to verify the statements contained herein
and all information contained on this application will be held in confidence.
Send completed application to:
UTAH NURSES FOUNDATION
c/o Utah Nurses Association
4505 South Wasatch Blvd #330B
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
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GRC COMMITTEE NEWS
Kathleen Kaufman, MS, RN, GRC Chair
The interim session has moved on and we have heard
passionate testimony about legalization of medical marijuana
in the Health and Human Services Committee hearings.
The upcoming meeting will most likely be about care for the
elderly in this state with AARP pushing for greater delegation
to CNAs in the home and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Hauck
presenting information on death with dignity. To see what
the Interim schedule is, go to www.le.utah.gov and open
the calendar. The scheduled material for each committee is
posted by at least 24 hours before the interim meeting…and
sometimes several days earlier.
The major topic left on the interim agenda will be the care
of the elderly. Two meetings of the HHS committee have
already covered possible legalization of medical marijuana in
Utah and the first session of the interim focused on liability
issues for health care providers and possible expansion of
the Medicaid drug list to include more psycho-active drugs.
Of course the elephant in the room is the hanging issue of
increasing access to healthcare for the poor in Utah. Please
see the article on Medicaid Expansion in this newsletter.
Please take action. Call or email, or do both, YOUR legislator
and explain your position. Always begin the subject line with
“Constituent is concerned about….” This tells the legislator
you are important to them. Include you address with zip
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legislator accountable and do convey your appreciation as
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The Government Relations Committee is looking
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Would you like this opportunity and challenge? We do
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The Membership Committee continues to listen to our
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if you have news about what the UNA members are
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suggestions, questions or comments on items we should
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please let us know by calling into our office or emailing our
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