Childrens Health Insurance Program

Health Care
1:26 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Utah Awarded 5.4 Million Dollars for Increasing Children’s Health Coverage

Utah has been awarded 5.4 million dollars from the federal government for its efforts to get more children covered by health insurance. The performance bonus comes from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. For the second year in a row, Utah is one of 23 states to receive it. But some advocacy groups say there are still too many uninsured Utah children.

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2:41 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

New and Improved Survey Data Shows More Utahns Uninsured

State pollsters now call cell phones as well as land lines to collect health data.

The Utah Department of Health released new data Wednesday estimating that more than 13 percent of the population went without health insurance last year.  That’s about 3 percentage points higher than the previous year, but health officials say the increase is at least partly due to improved survey methods. 

UDOH spokesperson Tom Hudachko says you can’t make a fair comparison between numbers in 2010 and 2011 because state survey methods were changed significantly.  For example, pollsters are now calling cellphones instead of just land lines. 

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