County Children’s Health Initiative Program (C-CHIP)

County Children’s Health Initiative Program (C-CHIP)  is an existing health insurance program that offers affordable and comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance for children age 0-19 who qualify. Namely, Eligibility into the CCHIP program is 266-322% Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

C-CHIP is only available in three counties:

San Francisco County: San Francisco Health Kids (415) 615-5700, P.O. Box 194327, San Francisco, CA 94119 In-Person Assistance: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm 7 Spring Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

San Mateo County: San Mateo County Health Coverage Unit Children’s Health Initiative (650) 616-2002, 801 Gateway Blvd., Suite 100, South San Francisco, CA 94080,

Santa Clara County: Children’s Health Initiative (888) 244-5222, (408) 808-6180, 770 S Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128,

Children eligible for C-CHIP are not eligible for premium assistance with a Covered California plan and must enroll in the CCHIP program in their county or choose to enroll in an unsubsidized Covered California plan.

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House lawmakers released the plan (PDF) to add just $2.85 billion to CHIP for the first two quarters of next year.   Modern Health Care 12.21.2017  

46 States and the District of Columbia cover children up to or above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and 24 of these states offer coverage to children in families with income at 250% of the FPL or higher. In certain CA Counties see C-Chip.  States may get the CHIP enhanced match for coverage up to 300% of the FPL, which is higher than the Medicaid federal funding matching rate. See information on CHIP Financing.

States that expand coverage above 300% of the FPL get the Medicaid matching rate.  States have the option to provide continuous eligibility to children who remain eligible for CHIP.

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Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired a month ago, and states are dipping into unspent money or asking for help from the Trump administration to maintain coverage until Congress reaches a deal to extend it.  The Hill 10.29.2017  *

Deal struck to continue CHIP  New York Times 9.12.2017 *

Why Millions of Children Could Lose Their Health Insurance in 2018 – TIME

http://time.com/5061240/children-chip-health-insurance/

Los Angeles times article about concerns of losing children’s health insurance

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-childrens-health-insurance-20180109-story.html

States sending out warning notices that children lose coverage if CHip isn’t funded

States Sound Warning That Kids’ Health Insurance Is At Risk – NPR

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/30/567267266/states-sound-warning-that-chip-kids-health-insurance-is-at-risk

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4 comments on “C-CHIP County Children’s Health Initiative Program

  1. MY TWO CHILDREN ARE eligible FOR C CHIP PROGRAM, BUT I AM UNABLE TO GET THROUGH TO GET THEM REGISTERED IN THE PROGRAM.

    I WAS NOT ABLE TO SPEAK TO ANYONE THat MAde SENSE.

    COVERED CAL. TOLD ME TO TALK TO CCHIP, CCHIP TOLD ME TO TALK TO COVERED CA.

    PLEASE HELP!

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