A Coverage Gap Solution for Utah Families

07 January 2016 Written by  

A comprehensive Medicaid coverage gap solution would help children and families. When parents have coverage, their children are more likely to have insurance coverage as well.1

Utah now ranks #47 for the percent of uninsured children, compared to #43 in 2013. Utah children are among the least likely to have health insurance in the nation.

Approximately 85,000 Utah children were uninsured in 2014; the same number as in 2013. While most of the nation experienced significant gains in children’s health insurance coverage between 2013 and 2014, Utah stagnated.

In Utah, 9.4% of children are uninsured, compared to 6.0% of children nationally. Many of these children have uninsured parents who fall into the coverage gap.

A coverage gap solution would benefit 40,000 parents.

To effectively care for children, parents need their own health care.

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• 85% of the low-income families that would benefit include at least one working adult.

• Many of these low-income families are only one medical bill away from bankruptcy.

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[1] Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (2006) Coverage of Parents Helps Children, Too. Available at: http://www.cbpp.org/research/coverage-of-parents-helps-children-too

For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities.

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JessieJessie Mandle, Senior Health Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2015. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, Jessie was a Senior Program Planner with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, where she focused on nutrition and Out of School Time areas. Jessie also worked as a policy researcher in Johannesburg, South Africa and oversaw a CDC grant for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she worked with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Action Network. Jessie has a Master's degree in Public Heath from Portland State University and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.