Benefit Details
Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania

Program Description

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 or be a primary caregiver with a child under the age of 19, pregnant, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

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: