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Day Votes to Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program
HARRISBURG – Legislation that will allow the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to continue meeting the health care coverage needs of uninsured or underinsured children in Pennsylvania has been signed into law after passing the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, said Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks).

Without legislative action, the program was due to sunset at the end of 2013.

“For more than 20 years, families throughout Pennsylvania and right here in Berks and Lehigh counties have relied on CHIP to meet their children’s health care needs and have allowed these kids to grow up healthier,” said Day, a member of the House Insurance Committee. “Many working families either do not qualify for Medical Assistance or cannot pay the high cost of private insurance, and CHIP has allowed them to make health care coverage more affordable.”

Under House Bill 108, the program is extended until Dec. 31, 2015, and the six-month waiting period is eliminated before a child can enroll.

CHIP coverage includes quality, comprehensive health insurance coverage for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental appointments and eye care, along with immunizations, mental health, durable medical equipment, rehabilitation therapies, home health care and autism-related services.

Free CHIP coverage is available to eligible children in households with incomes no greater than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); low-cost CHIP coverage is available for those with incomes greater than 200 percent but no greater than 300 percent of the FPL; and families with incomes greater than 300 percent of the FPL have the opportunity to purchase coverage by paying the full rate negotiated by the state.

Currently, 188,098 children are enrolled in CHIP across the Commonwealth, with 7,226 from Berks County and 6,761 from Lehigh County. Federal funds pay for approximately two-thirds of the total cost of CHIP.

Representative Gary Day
187th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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