Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Free or Low-cost Health Insurance

CHIP covers all uninsured children and teens who aren't eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. No one makes too much money. It's easy to sign up and even easier to qualify. Regardless of why your kid's don't have insurance right now - maybe you lost your job or health care has gotten too expensive - CHIP may be able to help.

To qualify, first you need an uninsured kid!

Based on your family's size and income, your child or teen may be eligible if he or she is

  • Under 19 years of age;
  • A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Qualified Alien;
  • A resident of Pennsylvania;
  • Uninsured and not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.

Coverage that can keep up with kids.

CHIP is there for your kids with quality, comprehensive  health insurance coverage for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye care and much more! You'll have your choice of leading insurance companies you know and trust. In fact, your kids may even be able to keep visiting the same doctors that they see now.

Is CHIP free for your family?

No family makes too much money for CHIP. Most kids receive CHIP for free. Others can get the same benefits at a low cost. If you make too little for CHIP, your child or teen may be enrolled in Medical Assistance.

Applying is so easy, a kid could do it.

You can apply online (, over the phone (800-986-KIDS) or by mail. It's easy and we're happy to help you through the process - just call us at 800-986-KIDS. To apply, you will need to gather the following information:

  • Your total household income before taxes; and
  • Child care and work transportation expenses.

Learn more and apply today by visiting or calling 800-986-kids.