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PHOM Indicator Report of Medicaid and CHIP Penetration

Why Is This Important?

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 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.

CHIP and Medicaid Program Eligibility, Children 0-18 Without Health Insurance Coverage, Utah, 2012

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9.4% of Utah children aged 0-18 lacked health insurance coverage. The percentages in this figure represent the estimated percentage of all uninsured Utah children aged 0-18 in each category.

Data Source

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

Data 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:

Risk Factors

Income is used as a primary factor in eligibility requirements for both Medicaid and CHIP.

How Are We Doing?

In 2012, approximately 9.4% of Utah children aged 0 to 18 years had no health insurance coverage. This represents a slight increase from the previous year (8.1%), though this change was not statistically significant.

The 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) estimated that approximately 66% of uninsured children in Utah were income eligible for health care services through CHIP or Medicaid programs. Eligibility determination requires a review of circumstances in addition to income.

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 04/30/2014

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Content updated: Mon, 12 May 2014 14:42:45 MDT