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, 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.
Uninsured Children Aged 0-18 by Federal Poverty Levels, Utah, 2016
An estimated 6.6% of Utah children aged 0-18 lacked health insurance coverage in 2016. 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.
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: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/publication/ins/2015_InsuranceAnalysis.pdf]. [[br]]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.
Risk FactorsIncome is used as a primary factor in eligibility requirements for both Medicaid and CHIP.
How Are We Doing?In 2016, approximately 6.6% of Utah children aged 0 to 18 years (including 18 year olds) had no health insurance coverage.
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 11/07/2017