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Texas Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The federal government has made money available to states to pay for health coverage for uninsured children. This bill allows Texas to access that money by creating the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a health plan for certain low-income children. The program uses federal and state money to insure children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private health insurance. CHIP will provide insurance for children aged 0-19 who live in families whose income is less than 200% of federal poverty level ($32,900 for a family of four). This will close a large gap that exists between the eligibility levels for Medicaid and the accessibility to affordable private insurance. Children of legal immigrants are also eligible for coverage. Call toll-free (800) 647-6558 for an application or more information. Applications will be able to be downloaded at www.chipmedicaid.org  as well.


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