The Utah Department of Health is re-opening enrollment for uninsured, low-income adults in its Primary Care Network as of today. Program administrator Emma Chacone says the program is crucial for low-income adults who need preventative care.
"If you are relatively healthy and you are not sick enough to be considered disabled, but you do have some medical needs and issues, this is pretty much one of the only programs that is available that can help you. Sometimes that is all someone needs is a few primary care physician visits, and a prescription filled to basically stay relatively healthy," Chacone said.
Chacone says enrollment has decreased by 5,000 people since August, when participation was closed. She says it's unclear what caused participation to drop, but feels it's not related to the economy.
"Often times someone will be determined to be eligible again for the next year, but they failed pay their enrollment fee. Maybe they just don't have the funds at the time, you know, I'm not quite sure what it is but there are a number of different issues like that, some people move out of state, all sorts of issues like that that would cause enrollment to go down," Chacone said.
Enrollment ends April 30th. Participants must be between the ages of 19 and 64, and meet certain income restrictions based on their family size. They also can't be eligible for Medicaid or have access to other affordable insurance plans. Click here for more information on how to apply.