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Utah Diabetes Partnership to give out free phone cards for diabetes screening

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The Utah Diabetes Partnership, a coalition of health-care agencies and the Utah Department of Health, has expanded its program to provide Utah residents who have diabetes an extra incentive to get tested early for signs of diabetes complication.

Through December, Utah residents who have diabetes and are a member of one of the partnership health plans can get up to two free hours of long-distance calling when they receive diabetes-complication screening tests and have their physician or lab personnel complete a validation form. One free phone card will be given to members who get a dilated eye exam. Another card will be given for getting three lab tests: glucosylated hemoglobin, fasting lipid profile for LDL cholesterol, and microalbuminuria. These tests identify the earliest stages of diabetes complications.

Partnership health-care agencies include Altius Health Plans, Cigna HealthCare of Utah, Deseret Mutual Benefit Association, IHC Health Plans, Molina American Family Care, Public Employees Health Plan, United HealthCare of Utah, Utah Department of Health and HealthInsight.