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Utah medical care for uninsured.

Several government and non-profit Utah programs can help uninsured families access the medical care they need. Some of the resources are provided by the federal government, others by the state of Utah, and additional services are provided by not for profit organizations.

Assistance is available for a variety of individuals and situations. The particular focus is on the lowest income Utah residents, children, and residents with a serious medical condition. This can include situations such as cancer patients, pregnant mothers, or children from low income families. Many government programs can help those who lost their insurance at the time on unemployment. While funding is limited and there may be a waiting list, each agency and program will do its best to meet your specific needs.

ADAP Private Insurance Co-pay Program is available for individuals that have HIV/AIDS and some form of private health insurance, even if it is very limited coverage. So it will in effect supplement any existing medical care you already have. Dial 801-538-6191.

Another related resource is the ADAP - AIDS Drug Assistance Program. This is offered nationwide, including in Utah. Call 801-538-6191 for details. It will provide prescription assistance and vouchers for those qualified low income individuals that have HIV/AIDS.

Utah Baby Watch Early Intervention is for children up to age of 3. It is an early intervention service for uninsured families that have children with developmental delays. It will provide for assessment of the child's current development, therapy and medical services, and more. There are almost 20 hospitals and non-profits in the state that participate. Telephone - 800-961-4226.

Similar to above is the Children with Special Health Care Needs. This offers case management and assessment for children from infancy up to age 18. Aid is for those that have special health care needs such autism; physical/behavioral difficulties or developmental delays. The program will pay for screenings, diagnostic evaluation, and specialists offer help in obtaining specialized equipment. 800-829-8200




Children's Health Insurance Program is Utah‘s version of CHIP. This is state government funded health insurance plan for children of low to moderate income families. It can even provide insurance coverage for those households with income too high for Medicaid. The state will offer access to affordable health insurance premiums for comprehensive medical coverage including but not limited to hospital and emergency care; well-child exams, prescriptions, immunizations, doctor visits, and even dental care. Call 877-543-7669 to apply.

Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) Bridge Program is for people who are uninsured and also enrolled in the Trade Act or the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The federal government will pay for most of your health insurance premiums while individuals wait for the federal Health Coverage Tax Credit to start. So many restrictions are in place. 877-529-5578

Utah Medical Assistance, or Medicaid, is for poor and low-income individuals, pregnant and moms to and families with children. The state, using some government grants, will provide for comprehensive medical care, including, but not limited to, emergency ambulance, physician visits, hospitalization, dental cleanings, lab work & x-ray services. The medical care is free to those who meet income guidelines. Dial 800-662-9651.

The Utah Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan covers those who are uninsured due to a previously identified medical conditions. Applicants can’t get coverage from any other private or government source. The state will offer those who qualify with a broad range of health benefits, including prescription drugs, primary and specialty care, help for hospital bills and more. All patients will need to pay some for premiums and copays. 800-705-9173




Vaccines for Children Program is a free or low cost program offered by the state of Utah and local health agencies (such as clinics). Call 801-538-9450. Medications are provided at no charge to families who in turn distribute them to physicians/community clinics that have signed up for the program. Only children are able to receive help, and some examples of diseases preventable include hepatitis, Dipththeria, influenza, measles, Meningocaccal, mumps pertussis, polio, tetanus etc. The uninsured will need to pay some small fees.

UCCP Women Cardiovascular Health Screening / BeWise / is for low income, or underinsured females. The program can be reached at 800-717-1811, and it was created in an effort to prevent, delay or control chronic diseases or cardiovascular conditions. Qualified patients will receive free or low cost heart disease and stroke risk factor screening, which includes blood pressure, cholesterol, personal medical history screenings, glucose checks, information on family medical history, and health behavior and readiness reviews. Referrals are available as well.

The UCCP program also provides the uninsured with colorectal, breast and other cancer screening services. Certain government poverty income levels need to be met. For those who qualify, receive free or low-cost screenings, such as pap tests, vouchers for free mammograms, pelvic exams and more. The program may even pay for colorectal cancer screenings or a colonoscopy. Many Utah hospitals and medical providers participate. Dial 800-717-1811 for information or a testing location.

The UPP, or Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance, is an option for those with employers that offer a limited health insurance plan or for working individuals or families and their children who do not have insurance. The state will reimburse participants with money to pay for a part of a child insurance premiums. Several other conditions, including income limits, need to be met as well. 888-222-2542




By Jon McNamara

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