State CHIP

Coming January 2024, the state of Utah will be offering a new CHIP benefit for non-citizen children called State CHIP. Children of working families may be eligible if they do not have other health insurance and cannot qualify for Medicaid or the traditional CHIP program due to citizenship status. A special open enrollment for State CHIP will begin on January 1, 2024. 

The goal of State CHIP is to reduce confusion and fear that may keep the children of immigrant families from accessing critical medical, dental, and mental health services. Receiving State CHIP benefits is not subject to public charge and will not affect immigration or citizenship status. 

The state will not report immigration status or undocumented individuals to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).