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​What is CHIP?

CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. 

There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance — maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work, or maybe other options just cost too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help.

Nine out of 10 CHIP parents report satisfaction with their child's health plan, and 96 percent received an appointment for checkups and vaccinations as soon as they wanted.

Questions about CHIP?

Below are a few commonly asked questions regarding the CHIP program. If you can't find the answer you are looking for, check our larger FAQ section and/or call a CHIP insurance company in your county.


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​Answers to common questions