All children and families need access to affordable, quality, health care.
Health insurance provides a critical foundation for kids, so they can stay healthy, manage health conditions or problems, perform better in school, be active and thrive.
Together we can reach 100% coverage for Utah children so ALL kiddos can reach their full potential.
HOW WE'LL REACH 100% KIDS COVERAGE
Access to healthcare coverage creates a foundation for children to grow and thrive. Research has shown that when children have access to health coverage, they are more likely to succeed in school and have better health and economic outcomes as adults.
Unfortunately, Utah has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the nation, 79,000 children (7%).
COVER ALL KIDS
We can save more than 9 million dollars by covering all of Utah's uninsured children. No child should be denied care, but thousands of children are unable to get health coverage or forced to delay or forgo treatment because they lack coverage. We want to make sure all children can have the coverage and care they need this year.
ALL YEAR ROUND COVERAGE
Utah's Medicaid program will have "12 Month continuous eligibility" beginning January 2024. Continuous coverage means children will not churn on and off of coverage and risk being uninsured during an emergency. Currently, thousands of Utah children may lose their health insurance at some point in the year due to red-tape, administrative error, or changing family circumstances. Thanks to changes in the federal government, Utah healthcare programs will have policies in place that allow kids to receive continuous coverage the entire year.
CONNECT KIDS TO COVERAGE
Utah has one of the highest rate of children currently eligible for health insurance, but unenrolled, especially in rural parts of our state. Outreach and enrollment assistance programs help families understand what healthcare options are best for them, recognizing that plans and prices change each year as do family circumstances. Utah should support outreach and enrollment assistance efforts so that families, across the state, can get coverage that’s right for them and more easily connect with care.
PROTECT PARENT COVERAGE
When parents are uninsured, research shows their children are less likely to be insured too. Funding cuts and harmful limits to coverage only make it more difficult for Utah kids and families to get the health care they need. Right now, thousands of parents are still shut out of coverage—unable to afford health coverage or not offered it by their jobs but not currently eligible for Medicaid. Implementing full, clean Medicaid expansion will help parents and kids across the state thrive.
Alliance for a Better Utah
Big Smiles Utah
Blue Star Families, Utah Chapter
Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City
Centro de la Familia de Utah
Centro Cívico Mexicano
Coalition of Religious Communities
Community Health Connect
Community Health Workers Section -UPHA
Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City
Crossroads Urban Center
Family Healthcare in St. George
Friends of the Children - Utah
Granite Education Foundation
Holy Cross Ministries
International Rescue Committee
Kids Who Count
Neighborworks Salt Lake
NW Salt Lake Rotary Club
OCA Asian Pacific Islander American Advocates Utah (OCA UTAH)
Primary Children’s Hospital
Root for Kids
Salt Lake City Mayor's Office
Salt Lake County Mayor's Office for New Americans
Smart Smiles School-Based Oral Health Program (Denticare Management)
The University of Utah Health Plans
The People's Health Clinic
United Way of Salt Lake
Utah Health Policy Project
Utah Dental Hygienists' Association
Utah Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition
University Health Communities Clinics
YWCA of Utah
Gabriella Barbosa, Managing Director of Policy
Dr. Teri Henke
Rebecca Schneider, Dentist
Edna R. Valencia C.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
BECOME A SUPPORTER
Sign your organization up to join our 100% Kids Coverage Coalition and be listed as one of our supporters.
RECORD A VIDEO
Record a video sharing your story and why you believe all kids should have access to health coverage.