Health program a possible refuge for Utah’s uninsured children - Salt Lake Tribune

03 November 2010 Published in What's New?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

No one knows how many Utah children remain uninsured after health insurance companies recently decided to stop selling child-only policies.

But whether it’s two dozen or 2,000, advocates for children want them covered. And they think they’ve found a way to make it affordable for families while costing the state nothing.

It’s called a Medicaid buy-in, a program that would allow families with incomes above the usual cutoff limits to enroll their youngsters in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — as long as they pay a “premium” to cover what the state would typically pay for their care.

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Health program a possible refuge for Utah's uninsured children (Salt Lake Tribune, 11-3-10)