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Best Cheap Health Insurance in Utah 2021

Best Cheap Health Insurance in Utah 2021

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If you are looking for health insurance, you can find cheap policies on the Utah health insurance exchange. We researched policies in the state and found that the Med Benchmark Silver 6500 was the cheapest Silver health insurance plan offered in most counties.

For a 2021 health plan, the average premium is $477 per month in Utah for a 40-year-old. This is 3% lower than in 2020, or around $16 cheaper per month on average.

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Utah lawmakers also expanded Medicaid, so this is another coverage option if your income falls below 138% of the federal poverty level.

Utah has six insurers that offer health policies in the state, and two provide coverage in all counties: SelectHealth and University of Utah Health Insurance plans. That means residents will have plenty of options when selecting coverage.

Cheapest health insurance by metal tier

We compared all the plans offered on the Utah marketplace and identified the most affordable health insurance policies at every level of coverage. The table below shows each metal tier, along with its corresponding cheapest plan, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum and monthly cost for a 40-year-old.

Metal tier
Cheapest plan
Deductible
Maximum out-of-pocket
Monthly cost for a 40-year-old
CatastrophicValue Catastrophic 8550$8,550$8,550$241
BronzeValue Benchmark Bronze 8550$8,550$8,550$267
Expanded BronzeValue Benchmark Expanded Bronze 6800$6,800$8,550$276
SilverValue Benchmark Silver 6500 - no deductible for office visits$6,500$8,500$443
GoldConfident Care Gold 1$2,925$6,500$450
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Health insurance in Utah is divided into five metal tiers: Catastrophic, Bronze, Expanded Bronze, Silver and Gold. All tiers have different average prices, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. Furthermore, within each metal tier, multiple policy options are available.

The graph below shows the average cost of health insurance based on the metal tier for policyholders ages 21, 40 and 60. As you can see, costs increase as you get older. For a Silver health care plan, a 40-year-old will pay 48% more on average than a 21-year-old for the same level of coverage. A 60-year-old will pay 103% more than a 40-year-old for the same health plan.

Finding the best health insurance coverage in Utah

The Utah health insurance marketplace offers a wide variety of plans, but the best health insurance plan for you will depend on your income level and expected health care needs, in addition to a policy's cost. It is important to evaluate your personal health and financial situation first before selecting a policy to purchase.

Gold metal plans: Best for high expected medical costs

Gold health insurance policies have the highest premiums but also provide the most financial coverage if you have high medical costs. This is due to the low deductible for Gold metal plans, as the health insurance provider pays a larger portion of medical expenses.

For example, if you use prescription drugs and need refills often, then a Gold plan would work well because you will meet the deductible quickly.

The cheapest Gold plan in Utah is Confident Care Gold 1. Compare all tiers in Utah above.

Silver metal plans: A good middle ground for premiums and deductible

Silver plans are a great option if you know you will have medical expenses. Premiums and deductibles for a Silver plan offer a middle ground between Gold and Bronze policies. Except for Catastrophic, all policies in Utah offer premium tax credits.

However, Silver plans are slightly different in that they allow for extra cost-sharing reductions (CSR). Anyone with income below 250% of the federal poverty level can receive CSR subsidies on copayments and deductibles. This is a great attribute of Silver plans and can actually offer greater benefits than Gold plans but at a lower cost.

The cheapest Silver plan in Utah is Value Benchmark Silver 6500 - no deductible for office visits. Compare all tiers in Utah above.

Bronze and Catastrophic: Best for young, healthier households

Bronze and Catastrophic health plans have the lowest rates in Utah, but this can come at a cost due to the high deductible. The deductibles for these tiers will often be set at the maximum limit allowed, so you must first spend thousands of dollars before any coverage benefits would apply.

Catastrophic plans are also only available if you are under 30 or qualify for a hardship exemption. Additionally, you cannot qualify for a premium tax credit to reduce the costs.

The cheapest Bronze plan in Utah is Value Benchmark Bronze 8550. The cheapest Catastrophic plan in Utah is Value Catastrophic 8550. Compare all tiers in Utah above.

Short-term health insurance in Utah

In Utah, you can buy a short-term health insurance policy through private insurers at any point during the year. The state allows a maximum coverage term of one year but does not allow these policies to be renewed after the initial coverage period.

Although short-term health insurance covers many health care treatments, it does not cover all essential health benefits. Therefore, you should make sure a short-term plan will provide sufficient coverage before purchasing one.

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Best cheap health insurance companies in Utah

In Utah, there are currently six health insurance companies that provide coverage on the state exchange:

  • BridgeSpan Health Co.
  • Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co.
  • Molina Healthcare of Utah
  • Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
  • SelectHealth
  • University of Utah Health Insurance Plans

Depending on where you live, the selection of insurers and policies will vary. In Weber County, for instance, residents can choose from a variety of policies offered by all six insurers. But in Emery County, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. and Molina Healthcare of Utah are not available. You should review each plan's premiums, deductibles and benefits.

Cheapest Silver plan by county

To help you begin your health insurance search, we identified the cheapest Silver plans for each county in Utah. The table below shows the name of the Silver policy, along with the rates for a 40-year-old single adult, a couple and a family of three.

County
Cheapest Silver plan
Single adult, age 40
Couple, age 40
Couple, age 40, and child
BeaverMed Benchmark Silver 6500 - no deductible for office visits$585$1,170$1,483
Box ElderSilver 5000 EPO$454$908$1,152
CacheConstant Care Silver 4$513$1,025$1,300
CarbonSilver 5000 EPO$556$1,112$1,410
DaggettSilver 5000 EPO$556$1,112$1,410
DavisValue Benchmark Silver 6500 - no deductible for office visits$443$886$1,124
DuchesneSilver 5000 EPO$556$1,112$1,410
EmerySilver 5000 EPO$556$1,112$1,410
GarfieldMed Benchmark Silver 6500 - no deductible for office visits$585$1,170$1,483
GrandMed Benchmark Silver 6500 - no deductible for office visits$585$1,170$1,483
IronConstant Care Silver 4$535$1,069$1,356
JuabSilver 5000 EPO$556$1,112$1,410
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Average cost of health insurance by family size in Utah

Health insurance costs primarily depend on the age of the people insured under the policy. For example, in Utah, if you want to add a 40-year-old adult to a health insurance policy, it would cost $564 on average, while adding a child would cost $302. Below, we have provided the average cost of health insurance depending on the size of the family covered under the plan.

Family size
Average monthly cost of health plan
Individual plus child$866
Couple, age 40$1,127
Family of three (adult couple and a child)$1,429
Family of four (adult couple and two children)$1,732
Family of five (adult couple and three children)$2,034

Adults are assumed to be 40 years old. Children are assumed to be 14 or younger. Sample rates are based on the average cost for a Silver plan in Utah.

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Health insurance rate changes in Utah

Policy premiums are set by individual health companies in Utah. Once the rates are determined, they are sent to the health insurance exchange for approval.

The average cost of a health plan in Utah is 3% cheaper in 2021 than in 2020 — a decrease of $16 per month for the average 40-year-old. While the cost has decreased across all policy types, the cost of Gold plans dropped most significantly. The average monthly cost of a Silver health plan in Utah is nearly 8% lower, or $58 less per month, in 2021 compared to 2020.

Metal tier
2020 Premium
2021 Premium
% Change
Catastrophic$300$289-3.54%
Bronze$354$335-5.42%
Expanded Bronze$428$406-5.13%
Silver$588$564-4.17%
Gold$738$680-7.87%

Rates are based on a 40-year-old adult.

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Methodology

The Utah health insurance rates and plan data used in this analysis were sourced from the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) website. We used the Public Use Files (PUF) from the CMS to calculate the mean rates for Utah residents across various variables, such as metal tier, family size and county.

Sterling Price

Sterling Price is a research analyst at ValuePenguin specializing in health and life insurance. He graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors degree in Finance and Accounting and has previous experience as a licensed life insurance representative.

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