New Data Finds Number of Utah Uninsured Children Increasing at Alarming Rate

Voices for Utah Children

An estimated 82,000 Utah children were uninsured last year, a number that has increased by 39 percent since 2016, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The report finds that Utah had the third largest increase in its child uninsured rate in the nation. Utah’s rate of uninsured children was 8.3 percent in 2019, compared to a national rate of 5.7 percent. Although Utah saw some of the most significant coverage loss, Utah’s experience is part of a national trend that left an estimated 726,000 more children without health coverage nationwide. Much of the coverage gain of the Affordable Care Act for children has now been eliminated. Coverage losses have been concentrated in the South and West and have been largest for white and Latinx children.

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