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Insurance plan approved for poor children in Utah

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Utah's plan to offer insurance to children of working poor families has been approved.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved Utah's plan for the Children's Health Insurance Program Friday. CHIP provides $24 billion over five years to help states help poor families. Utah is the twenty-second state to have its CHIP plan approved and could receive $24 million.Utah will use the money to insure children up to age 19 whose families' income doesn't exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level for a family of four is $16,450.

Officials believe about 30,000 Utah children will be eligible for CHIP. In addition, about 15,000 children who qualify for Medicaid but aren't currently enrolled will be found because of CHIP and placed on Medicaid.