Available Services for Diabetes Prevalence Among Utah Youth
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers diabetes supplies for children up to age 19 in working families lacking health insurance coverage. Individuals of all ages may participate in a state-funded high-risk insurance pool sponsored by the state and administered by IHC Health Plans. This program was established to accommodate individuals with diabetes who might not otherwise qualify for health insurance coverage. Support groups often help individuals cope with the demands of managing diabetes. For example, the Foundation for Children and Youth with Diabetes provides year-round activities for young people with diabetes. A week-long teen retreat is held during the summer, complemented by several weekend activities held throughout the year. Small fees apply, but waivers may be available, depending on the activity. Leadership opportunities are also available for youth attending the workshops and activities. More information is available at http://www.fcydcamp.org. In addition, the American Diabetes Association sponsors "The Clubhouse" for young children, ages 4 to 7, with diabetes. Several Clubhouse events are held in Utah for children with diabetes each year (see www.diabetes.org).