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SCHIP - State Children's Health Insurance Program

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was created by Congress in 1997 and is funded by both the federal government and the states. The program is designed to help states initiate and expand the provision of child health insurance to uninsured, low-income children.

SCHIP provides federal matching funds to states so they can expand their Medicaid coverage for children, create new state subsidized plans or both.

Each state designs its own eligibility rules, but the federal government generally restricts the age to 18 and the family income to 200% of the federal poverty level ($41,300 for a family of four).

To learn more about SCHIP and insuring children in general, please click here to access eligibility and application information in you state.

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