Medical Insurance &
Public Benefits

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

CHIP is a state-subsidized free or low-cost health care insurance program for children up to age 19 years from families who do not meet the income guidelines for the Medical Assistance or Healthy Beginnings programs.

There is never a waiting list.

Applicants are enrolled in an HMO and receive coverage for services, which include physician visits; dental, vision and hearing care; prescription drugs (with a co-pay); and mental health care.  With proper referral and pre-authorization, most specialist, surgical, and outpatient care is covered, as well as inpatient hospital care up to 90 days a year.  Some exclusions apply, such as orthodontia.

For more information about CHIP call 1-800-986-KIDS (5437)

There are four CHIP HMO providers in Allegheny County:

Resource Contact Information

UPMC for Kids
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (Western PA)
UnitedHealthCare of Pennsylvania, Inc.