More Families Now Eligible for CHIP Coverage, DiGirolamo Says
More Pennsylvania families are now eligible for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) is encouraging parents of uninsured children to apply for coverage.
Created in 1992, CHIP is designed to ensure children have access to medical care to protect their health and well-being. Last year, the General Assembly passed a law extending CHIP’s low-cost and at-cost coverage to children who truly need it but whose families are not eligible for free CHIP or Medical Assistance.
To qualify, children must be residents of Pennsylvania, citizens of the United States (or permanent legal aliens) and be under the age of 19. The child may not be eligible for Medical Assistance or have any other type of health insurance.
CHIP coverage remains free for low-income families. Other families may qualify for low-cost coverage, which carries an average premium of $38 to $60 per month, per child. Families with higher incomes who qualify for at-cost CHIP will pay approximately $150 per month, per child.
Services covered by CHIP include visits to the doctor or dentist, immunizations, prescriptions, vision and hearing care, diagnostics, emergency care and up to 90 days of hospital care. Drug and alcohol abuse treatment, partial hospitalization for mental health services, home health care, rehabilitation therapy, hearing aids, and durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, are also covered.
For more information about eligibility and enrollment call the CHIP toll-free hotline at 1-800-986-KIDS or visit DiGirolamo’s Web site at
Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
18th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(215) 750-1017
(717) 783-7319
Contact: Jennifer Algoe Keaton
(717) 705-2094
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