Take Care Utah, a Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP) initiative, is a network of nonprofit organizations focused on helping people with health insurance. It consists of about 50 enrollment specialists all across Utah.
All services are provided free of charge.
For any additional questions about Take Care Utah, contact UHPP at 801-433-2299.
As the largest navigator grantee in Utah from 2013 to 2018, UHPP became a recognized expert in eligibility, enrollment, and program specifications by attending Center for Budget Policy and Priorities webinars, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services weekly calls, Enroll America conferences, Families USA conferences, Community Catalyst conferences, and most of all by assisting thousands of Utahns.
Navigator funding was severely reduced in 2018 and UHPP came up with an innovative way to continue to provide outreach and enrollment assistance to communities in need. UHPP was one of the first nonprofit organizations in the country to change their license from “navigator” to “agent” with all commissions going back into UHPP. UHPP then diversified its funding sources which allows them to not only provide enrollment assistance, but to provide post-enrollment assistance as well known as “coverage to care.”
UHPP hosts an annual summit gathering community enrollment assisters from around the state to provide trainings, share best practices, and connect assisters with each other. The Project Director (PD) serves as a resource to enrollment assisters providing additional training, technical assistance, event coordination, and facilitating the sharing of best practices among the enrollment assisters. The PD also works in partnership with the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the Utah Department of Health to continually improve service to Utahns applying for Medicaid or CHIP. UHPP houses 10 Health Access Assisters.
Every year, Take Care Utah organizes the Hispanic Heritage Parade & Street Festival in September to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and to raise awareness of Take Care Utah’s services. This event includes a parade as well as entertainment and food representing a variety of Hispanic cultures. This event attracts thousands of people and is now a staple of the community.
UHPP engages non-funded key partners to develop relationships with hard-to-reach populations and self-employed individuals. Examples include Utah’s federal delegation of senators and representatives, schools, Hispanic media, chambers of commerce, the Utah Library Association, religious organizations, tax assistance sites, school districts, and the Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County Mayors’ offices.