Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

CHIP, brought to you by Aetna Better Health® Kids

What is CHIP?

Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a state and federally funded program offering health insurance to uninsured children or teens that are:

  • Up to age 19
  • A resident of Pennsylvania
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in any private, governmental group, or individual health insurance program (including Medical Assistance or Medicare)
  • A United States citizen, U.S. National or Qualified Alien

You can learn more about Pennsylvania’s CHIP by visiting www.chipcoverspakids.com.

You can call us at 1-800-822-2447 or TTY at 1-800-628-3323. We are here Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eligibility

No family makes too much for CHIP, because there is no income limit. Depending on your family's income, your child may qualify for free, low-cost, or full-cost CHIP. Some families may have low monthly premiums and copays for services. Click here to see the CHIP income guidelines.

If your family income is too low for CHIP, your child may qualify for Medical Assistance. To learn more about CHIP or Medical Assistance just log on to COMPASS.

You can also call Aetna Better Health Kids with any questions about CHIP at 1-800-822-2447 or TTY at 1-800-628-3323. We’re here to help Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CHIP benefits

CHIP offers quality health care coverage for kids, including:

  • Doctor office visits
  • Prescription drugs
  • Dental care
  • Eye care and eyeglasses
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Emergency care
  • Hearing care
  • Home health care
  • Hospitalization
  • Immunizations (shots)
  • Laboratory tests/X-rays
  • Mental health services and substance abuse services
  • Pregnancy care

How to Apply

  • Online. This is the quickest way to find out if your child qualifies. Log on now to COMPASS.
  • By Mail. You can download a paper application here:

Coverage Map

Aetna Better Health Kids offers CHIP in the counties highlighted below in blue.

Pennsylvania coverage map

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