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"CHIP gave me a sense of responsibility and ownership to my children's health."
“CHIP is a great program for families who are inching their way out of poverty.”

I began working straight out of college.  That’s when my three children transitioned from Medicaid to CHIP.  It was a challenge, because the transition meant co-pays, monthly premiums, and choice in picking my own doctors— but it was something I needed to do for my children, and for myself.  It took a lot of leg work finding providers that accepted CHIP and budgeting in the new monthly expenses.  That extra work was worth it because my son was having seizures and I was able to get the medications prescribed for him without any hassle.  

I learned not to rely on my gross income, but rather on my net income: the idea of "living within your means." Every year, I had to re-apply for CHIP.  As my income went up, the cost of CHIP premiums and out of pocket expenses increased.  It was in 2004, when I made 0.97 cents over CHIP's income qualification, that I enrolled my children for health and dental coverage through my employer sponsored insurance.

CHIP is a great program for families that are inching their way out of poverty. It gave me a sense of responsibility and ownership of my children's health needs, while working on my long term goal to move out and away from the system towards self-sufficiency.


CHIP Is Important to Utah Families and Communities!

Continually fund CHIP Building Blocks.  From the standpoint of Utah’s children, state health reforms can be called a success.  Early in Utah’s reform process, lawmaker's made the wise decision to keep CHIP open for children.  As a result, the state has seen a 33% decline in uninsured kids since 2006.  Funding CHIP building blocks will keep state health reform on the path of success.