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A key to health insurance in Utah? U.S. citizenship

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

A key to health insurance in Utah? U.S. citizenship

By Annie Knox and Ben Lockhart, Deseret News | Posted - Jul. 14, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — If you live in Utah but you don't have U.S. citizenship, odds are you don't have health insurance, either.

Of the state's 152,000 noncitizens — many of them undocumented — just under half are insured, according to estimates released late Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Citizenship is huge," said Pam Perlich, director of demographic research at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “Those living here without legal residence, the people in the shadows, often do not have basic insurance coverage."

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