Everyone deserves peace of mind between groceries and medical care


(The dish of the day) CHIP and Medicaid give parents peace of mind knowing they don’t have to choose between grocery shopping for their family and taking their sick child to the doctor and Kolbi Young, Public Information Officer with the Utah Department of Health is here to give more details.

The facts are irrefutable: children with health insurance stay healthier because they receive medical care earlier and more regularly, and studies have shown that having a child’s health insurance reduces the number of days parents have to missing work because of a sick child.

Utah has one of highest rates of uninsured children in the nation. Covering children with health insurance is essential for communities in Utah. Children do better when they have quality health care – they grow up stronger, ready to learn and ready to contribute to their community.

Medicaid and CHIP offer free or low-cost health insurance for children and teens. More than 230,000 Utah children stay healthy and receive the medical care they need each year through these programs.

Children can get preventive and emergency care, as well as dental and mental health care at little or no cost:

  • Well child examinations
  • Immunizations
  • Visits to the doctor
  • Hospital and emergency care
  • orders
  • Hearing and vision tests
  • Mental health services
  • Dental care

Children who may be eligible for CHIP or Medicaid must meet the income criteria and be under the age of 19 and also US citizens or legal residents. For example, a family of four can earn up to $55,500 a year and be eligible for CHIP or Medicaid.

Medicaid is a program for low-income families and provides free medical, dental, and behavioral care to enrolled families.

CHIP or the Children’s Health Insurance Program is designed as a stepping stone for families who are no longer eligible for Medicaid but do not earn enough money to afford private or employer-sponsored insurance. To be eligible for CHIP, the child must be currently uninsured. In addition, many families are required to pay quarterly premiums and small coinsurance. When you apply, your family is considered for both programs. Just submit one application. Call (888) 222-2542 for additional questions or to request that an application be mailed to you.

If you want help applying for Medicaid and CHIP, Take Care Utah can help. Schedule a free appointment with an Enrollment Assistant today by calling (801) 433-2299 or by visiting their website.

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