Are your children uninsured? Learn more about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CHIP is a state and federal partnership that targets uninsured children and pregnant women in families with incomes too high to qualify for most state Medicaid programs, but often too low to afford private coverage. Within federal guidelines, each state determines the design of its individual CHIP program, including eligibility parameters, benefit packages, payment levels for coverage, and administrative procedures. Mandatory, free-of-charge services include preventive care, immunizations and routine checkups.
According to the federal government’s website:
Families that do not currently have health insurance are likely to be eligible, even if you are working. The states have different eligibility rules, but in most states, uninsured children under the age of 19, whose families earn up to $44,100 a year (for a family of four) are eligible. For little or no cost, this insurance pays for:
- Doctor visits
- Emergency room visits
For information in Ohio, call the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 800-324-8680.