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.
Data SourceUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
Data NotesState 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: http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/2011brfss/Highlights_2011.pdf.
Risk FactorsIncome is used as a primary factor in eligibility requirements for both Medicaid and CHIP.
How Are We Doing?In 2011, approximately 8.1% of Utah children aged 0 to 18 years had no health insurance coverage. This represents a slight increase from the previous year (7.0%), though this change was not statistically significant.
The 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) estimated that approximately 70% 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: 10/30/2012