Services for the Uninsured or Under-Insured

Services for the uninsured or underinsured

Funding for evaluations, treatments, and/or equipment for individuals that are uninsured and/or undocumented is challenging. Involving a social worker to assess options and guide families in appropriate application to resources or potential fund raising ideas is useful when available.

If the child has documentation, then application for Medicaid, SCHIP, and SSI should be encouraged. In some instances families who qualify for Medicaid, SCHIP and/or SSI may have had trouble completing the application process or knowing how to appeal a denial. Please refer to the links for SSI, Medicaid, and SCHIP to access information on qualification, application, and appeals.

The The 211 Info Bank: Information and Referrals in Utah (dial 211 or click on the website) was launched in Salt Lake City in 2004. All respondents are Certified Information and Referral Specialists (CIRS). In 2005, Utah became the 10th state in the nation to offer 211 services to all residents in the state. The website provides resource lists (in easily printed pdf files) for every county in Utah (some in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian) covering food, health care, dental care, housing, single parenting, youth counseling, and English as a Second Language. Clinic locations, hours, phone numbers, and eligibility are included.


Information & Support

Specific requests can be made for donated services (e.g., home oxygen) through some of the home care/health care organizations based upon need. Formula and food supplement donations may sometimes be obtained from calling the company representatives. Medicaid may sometimes be available for undocumented persons for medical emergencies.

For Professionals

The 211 Info Bank: Information and Referrals in Utah
An excellent website (can also be access by dialing 211) offering lists of resources in every county in Utah (some in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian) covering food, health care, dental care, housing, single parenting, youth counseling, English as a Second Language, and other needs. Look for the Resource Lists section.

For Parents and Patients

Utah Legal Services
A nonprofit law office which provides legal help in non-criminal cases, free of charge, to those who qualify.

Utah Parent Center
A non-profit organization that provides training, information, referral, and assistance to parents of children and youth with all disabilities including physical, mental, hearing, vision, learning, behavioral, and emotional. Staff consists primarily of parents of children and youth with disabilities.

COBRA (United States Department of Labor)
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act contains provisions giving certain former employees, retirees, spouses and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates; this and linked pages explain the details of these provisions.

IHC Community Health Partnerships
A department within IHC dedicated to providing quality care to persons with a medical need, regardless of ability to pay. Includes charity care, school clinics, surplus equipment donations, and coordination with available community services.

Utah's CHIP Program
Website for Utah Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a state health insurance program for children under age 19 who do not have health insurance or qualify for Medicaid.

Disability Law Center, Utah
A nonprofit organization designated by the Governor to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Utah. Mission: to enforce and strengthen laws that protect the opportunities, choices and legal rights of people with disabilities in Utah.

Hope Clinic
The Hope Clinic is a free medical facility dedicated to heartfelt quality healthcare for the underserved and uninsured in the Salt Lake area.

Oral Health Care for the Uninsured and Underinsured in Utah
A site by the Utah Department of Health listing providers for the un-insured/under-insured and Medicaid patients needing dental care.

Dental Care for the Uninsured Ineligible for Medicaid and CHIP
Children who qualify for this program must meet family income guidelines, be younger than nineteen years of age, attend school, and be ineligible for Medicaid and CHIP. Once enrolled, they may receive covered services that include initial comprehensive oral exam, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, space maintainers, fillings, extractions, therapeutic pulpotomy and stainless steel crowns.

Division of Medicaid and Health Finance
Utah Medicaid's official website. Once a child is 18 years of age, s/he is eligible for medicaid independent of the family income.

Utah Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Official site of the Utah Department of Health provides descriptions of its services and programs including infant screen, family resources, eligibility, clinics.

Shriners Intermountain Hospital
This site provides a map showing Shriners and surrounding hospitals and clinics. The phone numbers and contact persons are included for making an application to the Shriners system, making an appointment, or making a physician referral. Includes lists of orthopedic specialists in the area.

Baby Watch Early Intervention Locations (UDOH)
Baby Watch locations throughout Utah providing early intervention programs; Utah Department of Health.

Utah 2-1-1
A free information and referral line for health, human and community services. 2-1-1 provides information and referral on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child care resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of nonprofit and governmental agencies. Call for quick answers. The online directory provides anytime access to the same information. Confidential and free.

Utah Department of Human Services- Division of Services for People with Disabilities
Provides programs and services for people with disabilities. Important for all families of children with special needs to be aware of this service- the sooner, the better due to the waiting list.


CHIP, State Children's Hlth Insur Prog

See all CHIP, State Children's Hlth Insur Prog services providers (44) in our database.

Legal Services, General

See all Legal Services, General services providers (67) in our database.


See all Medicaid services providers (59) in our database.

SSI, Supplemental Security Income

See all SSI, Supplemental Security Income services providers (12) in our database.

Services for People with Disabilities

See all Services for People with Disabilities services providers (82) in our database.

For other services related to this condition, browse our Services categories or search our database.


Compiled and edited by: Lynne M Kerr, MD, PhD - 10/2008
Content Last Updated: 5/2011