Report: Utah’s rate of uninsured kids is 6th highest in the nation

Salt Lake Tribune

By: Bethany Rogers

In recent years, Utah has experienced a 39% increase in the number of uninsured children and now has among the nation’s highest rates of kids without health coverage, according to a new report.About 82,000 children in the state — roughly 8.3% of the total — lacked health insurance as of last year, according to the analysis by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. That’s the sixth-highest rate in the United States and stems from the nation’s third-largest jump in uninsured rates for children between 2016 and 2019.“We are seeing a growing number of Utah’s children going without health coverage,” Jessie Mandle, senior policy analyst for Voices for Utah Children, said in a prepared statement. “This damaging trend will have long-term consequences for children and families across Utah because without health coverage, children cannot access the care they need to grow and thrive.”

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