> Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program
The Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a partnership between Pennsylvania and the Federal Government that provides health coverage to uninsured children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private coverage.
General guidelines for administering CHIP are established by the Federal government. However, specific eligibility requirements and scope of services is determined by the state. The program is geared to help working families obtain care they could not otherwise afford.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Pennsylvania, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, or pregnant, and you must have an annual household income before taxes of less than $43,710 if two people live in the household; $54,930 if three people live in the household; $66,150 if four people live in the household; $77,370 if five people live in the household; $88,590 if six people live in the household; $99,810 if seven people live in the household; $111,030 if eight people live in the household; and $122,250 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $11,220 for each additional person in the home. Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.
To apply for CHIP Benefits, you may call 1-800-986-5437 (KIDS) or apply online at:
Program Contact Information:
For more information, please contact your local county assistance office: