How Many People in Utah Don’t Have Health Insurance?

More than 300,000 people in Utah don’t have health insurance as of the end of 2010 according to the Utah Department of Health. This is a little more than 10% of the total Utah population. While 10% of people without health insurance seems like a high number, it’s actually a little bit of an improvement over 2009 when 11% of the population was without health care coverage.

Utah Department of Health tracks insurance coverage annually with a random-digit-dialed telephone survey known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Insurance coverage and health care access questions from the initial survey were added to the BRFSS to keep track of local trends in health care.

The largest group of people without health insurance are young adults. Just under 29% of young adults between the ages of 19 and 26 aren’t covered by a health insurance policy.

People that are self-employed adults weren’t covered 24% of the time. Of part-time working adults, 18.8 percent were uninsured in 2010.

“Despite the fact that nearly 13,000 fewer Utahns were uninsured last year, it’s tough to take any comfort in these data,” said UDOH Director Dr. David Patton in a Dessert News article. “The state’s uninsured rate has held relatively steady over the past several years, which is an indication that we must continue to pursue policies and strategies, such as the Utah Health Insurance Exchange, that will provide our citizens with access to high-quality, affordable health care.”

Extending open enrollment throughout the year, which happened in 2008, has allowed more children to benefit from available health care coverage, according to new numbers, but thousands of eligible children (whose parents’ incomes are up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level) are still not enrolled. More than 12 percent of kids in Utah remain uninsured.

How Many People in Utah Don’t Have Health Insurance?

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