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Salt Lake City — New Utah Department of Health (UDOH) data show that 376,600 Utahns, or 13.2 percent of the total population, went without health insurance in 2012. The figure is extremely close to the 2011 overall uninsured rate, when an estimated 377,700 people, or 13.4 percent of the population, had no health coverage.
These estimates come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a cell and landline telephone survey that measures key public health indicators.
Findings from the new data include:
“Clearly the problem of the uninsured continues in Utah,” said UDOH executive director David Patton. “There are many organizations and individuals working in our state to address the problem of the uninsured. Hopefully these new data will help them better target their efforts as well all work toward a common goal of reducing the number of Utahns who go without health insurance.”
Patton also encouraged families with uninsured children to look into Utah’s CHIP and Medicaid programs to see if they qualify for coverage.
The source of the 2012 data, the BRFSS, is a household health survey overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and conducted by individual state health departments. Additional data on the estimated number of uninsured Utahns can be found here.
Further data, including estimates on the uninsured broken down by small area, health district, ethnicity, and race, will be available in late October at www.ibis.health.utah.gov.