Governor Herbert urges Utah families to enroll children in CHIP health insurance

10 April 2017 Published in News and Updates

(KUTV) Utah Governor Gary Herbert is reaching out after a report found his state has the highest rate of uninsured Hispanic children in the United States.

The Georgetown Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza finds that 23.4 percent of Hispanic children in Utah are uninsured — that's nearly two and a half times the national rate.

Herbert is speaking out with local nonprofit group Take Care Utah to try and raise that number by encouraging families to look into that states Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. In Utah, children who are under 19 years old, legal residents of the U.S. and are not currently ensured are eligible for CHIP. Depending on family size, maximum growth income each year must range between $32,040 and $73,460 in order to qualify.

Under CHIP, well-being and doctor and dental visits are free for the child. reports that comprehensive coverage under CHIP includes:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental and vision care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services

For more information, or to apply for CHIP, reach out to one or more of the following agencies: 

  • Apply online with the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
  • Download an application here and mail it to PO Box 143245 SLC, UT 84114-3245.
  • Visit your nearest eligibility office, which you can find here.
  • Call the CHIP Hotline at 1-877-KIDS-NOW or 1-877-543-7669.
  • Locate your nearest Take Care Utah center at
  • Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in the State