The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides matching funds to states for health coverage to families with children. The program was designed to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid.
Today, CHIP provides health coverage to nearly 9 million children from low-income families. CHIP has been essential in reducing the number of uninsured children and adolescents, particularly among communities of color. The National Health Law Program continues to work with other children’s health advocates at the federal and state levels to ensure that CHIP outreach, enrollment, and services meets the needs of low-income children.