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Insight: Utah’s Uninsured Population May Look Different After the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends

By: Laura Summers

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One thought that struck me as I was preparing for a recent meeting was how the characteristics of Utah’s uninsured population may have changed over the last year and a half―and how we don’t yet know what Utah’s uninsured population will look like until the public health emergency ends. This is due to several federal and state policies that have been enacted since January 2020, as well as external factors that could impact the uninsured in Utah. For example:

  • Full Medicaid expansion became effective in Utah in January 2020. This means any individual with income below