Health Insurance for Uninsured Children

 The following program provides insurance assistance to uninsured children in need throughout the Philadelphia area:

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program that provides health insurance to all uninsured children and teens that are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. CHIP covers a wide range of services that include:

Doctor’s office visits
Prescription medications
Eye care and eyeglasses
Emergency care
Hearing carecute kid
Mental health services
Home health care
Dental care
Laboratory tests/x-rays.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility for CHIP is based on household income, the age of each child and the insured status of each child. Children from birth to the age of 19 who do not currently have health insurance are eligible to receive coverage through CHIP. Individuals must also be a U.S. citizen as well as a resident of Pennsylvania to receive benefits through CHIP.

CHIP eligibility is continuous for one year. Although there are no income limits required for CHIP, families whose income exceed the limits for free CHIP will have to pay low monthly premiums and co-pays for select services.

How to apply:

Apply by mail. Fill out the application and mail it to the insurance company you have selected to provide your child’s CHIP coverage.

Apply by phone. Call 1-800-986-KIDS to speak to a counselor who will take your information and submit it electronically.

Apply online with COMPASS at

You must attach copies of proof of all household gross income with your application such as a copy of a pay stub, a tax return or a letter written by your employer.

For more information about CHIP, call 1-800-986-KIDS.

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