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What to do if you lose Medicaid coverage

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE), which allowed for the continuous enrollment of Medicaid beneficiaries. In other words, most people with Medicaid were able to keep their coverage without needing to complete an annual eligibility review.

As of April 1, 2023, the state of Utah started reviewing these Medicaid cases leaving many people at risk of losing their Medicaid coverage.

Students currently on Medicaid

If the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) cannot reach you, you may lose your Medicaid coverage. Here are the steps you can take:

  • Check that your contact information is correct, and know your Medicaid case review date.
  • Complete the form found in your mail (if you get one).

Students looking for health insurance options

Policies allowing young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance until 26, the ACA Marketplace and Medicaid expansion in Utah have reduced uninsured rates among students.

As a student you’ve got a lot on your plate, like housing, selecting a major and studying for exams. Having health coverage ensures that while you’re navigating all of this if you need mental health services or if injury or illness befalls you, you’ll have coverage in place to keep you secure.

Check out this @theU article about what services Medicaid covers, and whether you may be eligible.

Medicaid allows you to apply year-round. Medicaid can also be a secondary payer if you’re insured through an employer or Medicare.

There are a few documents you’ll need to apply:

  • Proof of household income for the last 30 days
  • Social Security Number(s)
  • If you’re Legal Permanent Residence or student/work visa, have documentation
  • If pregnant, a due date letter

There are two key ways to apply for Medicaid:

  1. With nonprofit assistance: Take Care Utah (TCU) is a nonprofit helping individuals apply for Medicaid, CHIP and Marketplace coverage for free. TCU is statewide and can help people in several languages. Find free help at, call 801-433-2299 or book a virtual enrollment appointment here.
  2. On your own: You can apply for Medicaid online at or call 1-866-435-7414.