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

Program Description

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to nearly eight million children and families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private coverage.

In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program. Please note: These programs may be called by different names in your state.


Some benefits covered through CHIP, include:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental and vision care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services

General Program Requirements

CHIP serves uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid.

In general for this benefit program, the child must be a US national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and have low income.  

The child must also be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply online, please visit the Pennsylvania COMPASS  online application for health and human services.

For additional application information, visit the Apply Online With COMPASS page. You will be able to download an application form directly from the site.

You may also find out if you qualify through the Marketplace application.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the program, please visit the Pennsylvania CHIP page.

You may also use the County Coverage Map to find a service center near you.

For additional details, please visit the Medicaid & CHIP Policies page and select your state.