Does HHS have low cost health insurance for families & children?

Families who earn too much to qualify for low-income Medicaid insurance may be able to qualify for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administer funds to States who are responsible for the program at the local level.

Families that do not currently have health insurance are likely to be eligible, even if not working. The states have different eligibility rules, but in most states, uninsured children under the age of 19, whose families earn up to $36,200 a year (for a family of four) are eligible. For little or no cost, this insurance pays for:

  • doctor visits
  • immunizations
  • hospitalizations
  • emergency room visits

For contact information for your state or to read specific information regarding eligibility in your state please access the Insure Kids Now site.

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