State Health Plan for the Poor is Full

State Health Plan for the Poor is Full

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah's health insurance plan for the working poor is full.

Starting this Friday, enrollment applications for the Primary Care Network will only be accepted during designated enrollment periods.

And the state Department of Health says those will only be held when capacity permits.

The unique network represents the first time the federal government has permitted a state to offer a limited-benefit plan that does not include hospitalization and specialty care.

The idea is to help provide low-cost care to a growing number of people who make too much money to fully qualify for regular Medicaid benefits -- but who can't afford coverage or aren't enrolled at work in a private plan.

The program director for Covered at Work says there are still open enrollments for this plan. It's a supplemental state health insurance plan for about six-thousand working Utah residents.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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