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Program Description:

Ohio Healthy Start (Federally known as Children's Health Insurance Program, CHIP) provides, free or low-cost health insurance for families with children. This program is designed to provide increased access to health coverage for children in families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Ohio, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a US citizen, qualified alien, lawful permanent resident, and you must have an annual household income of less than $29,140 if two people live in the household; $36,620 if three people live in the household; $44,100 if four people live in the household; $51,580 if five people live in the household; $59,060 if six people live in the household; $66,540 if seven people live in the household; $74,020 if eight people live in the household; and $81,500 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $7,480 for each additional person in the home. (Some types of income are exempted or disregarded, so you should apply even if your income is more that what is listed above.) Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Your children may receive immediate, time-limited coverage while you gather the necessary verifications to qualify for the full twelve months of coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

When applying for Healthy Start, proof of income, pregnancy, citizenship (if not a U.S. citizen) and other health insurance is required. No face-to-face interview is necessary.

By calling the Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680, hotline staff can provide general information or offer assistance in filling out the application. The hotline is staffed seven days a week. Families can also find applications at their local office of job & family services.

Families can apply for Healthy Start by downloading and filling out the Combined Programs Application (CPA) - JFS Form #07216:


Program Contact Information:

Families may receive further information by visiting our website at:


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