Low-Income Residents Urged to Apply for Insurance

Low-Income Residents Urged to Apply for Insurance

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Low-income advocates are urging Utah residents to act now to sign children up for a government health insurance program.

The Utah Department of Health opened the Children's Health Insurance Program for enrollment beginning yesterday, and are keeping it open until further notice because of increased funding.

The Legislature provided an additional 3 (M)million dollars to help insure 12-thousand more children.

CHIP is funded jointly by the federal and state governments. To be eligible, children must qualify based on family size and household income.

An estimated 250,000 of Utah residents are uninsured -- 63-thousand of them children.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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