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Health Indicator Report of Uninsured Children

Children who are not insured by private or employer-provided plans have an opportunity to be covered by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) if they are age 0-18, a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and live in households with incomes below 200% of poverty. This element is very important given the relationship between having insurance and accessing health care.
An estimated 6.3% of Utah children aged 0-18 lacked health insurance coverage in 2015. The percentages in this figure represent the estimated percentage of all uninsured Utah children aged 0-18 in each category. 138% and 200% of the federal poverty level are the maximums for Medicaid and CHIP.

Uninsured Children Aged 0-18 by Federal Poverty Levels, Utah, 2015

Notes

State estimates of the uninsured were formerly calculated from Utah Healthcare Access Survey (UHAS, formerly HSS) data. Beginning in 2009, these data are being collected on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). For more historical estimates of the uninsured in Utah, please see: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/publication/ins/2015_InsuranceAnalysis.pdf].   Previously, Medicaid eligibility for this measure was calculated for children 0-133% of poverty. In January 2014, the Affordable Care Act changed how income was calculated, adding a new 5% of FPL (federal poverty level) disregard that had never been in place before. Medicaid eligibility for children ends at 133% FPL. However, the new 5% disregard makes the effective income level 138% FPL. Therefore, after 2014, Medicaid eligibility for this graph is calculated for children 0-138% of poverty.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health

Data Interpretation Issues

Data for this report were calculated using only age and income eligibility requirements. However, there are additional requirements that must be met in order for children aged 0 to 18 years to qualify for either CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Plan) or Medicaid. Specifically, Medicaid requires that children aged 0 to 5 years must live in homes with incomes at or below 133% of poverty (plus a new 5% disregard effective January 2014, making the effective income level 138% of poverty). Children aged 6 to 18 years must live at or below 100% of poverty. Additionally, children can still qualify for Medicaid even if they have some other kind of insurance. For CHIP eligibility, all children aged 0 to 18 years must live in homes with incomes below 200% of poverty and cannot be eligible for Medicaid and cannot be enrolled on any another type of insurance plan. The Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) does not have the capacity to measure Medicaid and CHIP eligibility in a way that accounts for all requirements for the two programs. Therefore, data for this report are based only on income and whether or not children had insurance coverage. Beginning in 2011, BRFSS data include both landline and cell phone respondent data along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This methodology utilizes additional demographic information in the weighting procedure. Graphs within this Indicator Report are based on the new methodology. More details about these changes can be found at: [http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/brfss/Raking/Raking%20impact%202011.pdf]. BRFSS data were weighted to reflect the Utah population distribution by age, sex, geographic area, race, education, marital status, and home ownership. Health insurance was defined as including private coverage, Medicaid, Medicare, and other government programs.

Definition

{{style color:#003366 Plan Type:}} The estimated percentage of Utah children age 0-18 with each type of health insurance coverage. {{style color:#003366 Program Eligibility:}} The percentage of uninsured Utah children who are income eligible for the Medicaid (0-138% FPL) or CHIP (138-200% FPL) programs. Eligibility determination requires a review of circumstances in addition to income.

Numerator

The number of children in surveyed households in each category (Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).

Denominator

The total number of children in surveyed households for whom valid data were reported (i.e., the missing values were removed from the denominator).

Other Objectives

Related to Healthy People 2020 Objective AHS 1.1: Increase the proportion of persons with medical insurance.[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 100 percent

How Are We Doing?

In 2015, approximately 6.3% of Utah children aged 0 to 18 years had no health insurance coverage. (See [[a href="indicator/view/HlthIns.UT_US_ACS_Kids.html" trend graph]].)

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

National estimates of the lack of health insurance coverage for children age 0-17 are lower (4.8%) than for Utah (7.2%) based on the 2015 ACS (American Community Survey). (See [[a href="indicator/view/HlthIns.UT_US_ACS_Kids.html" trend graph]].) Please note that the methods used to calculate the uninsured rate between the ACS and the BRFSS are different. This report uses the BRFSS as it's data source.

Available Services

MEDICAID: In the Salt Lake City area, call 801-538-6155. In Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, call toll-free 1-800-662-9651.[[br]] From other states, call 1-801-538-6155.[[br]] Medicaid Customer Service staff are available to take inquiries. CHIP: Children's Health Insurance Program (for children 0-18)[[br]] 1-888-222-2542 or visit the CHIP website at [http://health.utah.gov/chip/]
Page Content Updated On 03/29/2017, Published on 03/29/2017
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