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What is SCHIP

State Children's Health Insurance Program

The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is one of the most important children's initiatives of the last half-century. SCHIP was created by Congress in 1997 as a bipartisan effort to provide insurance coverage for children in families with too much income to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford to buy a policy in the private insurance market. Learn more »


State Children's Health Insurance Program

SCHIP legislation traces its roots to a children's health insurance plan in Massachusetts that passed in 1996. Sen. Ted Kennedy met with local officials to discuss the feasibility of a national initiative. In October 1996 he introduced a bill to provide health care coverage for children of the working poor, to be financed by a cigarette tax increase. Learn more »


Q: How is the State Children's Health Insurance Program structured?
A: SCHIP is a partnership between federal and state governments, operated at the state level.

Q: Who is eligible for SCHIP?
A: Each state operates its own SCHIP program and has its own eligibility requirements.
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This is your opportunity to join the battle for the health of America's children.

Over the past decade, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, called "SCHIP", has been a huge success, enabling millions of low-income children to get the healthy start in life they need. A reauthorization bill in Congress, enabling SCHIP to get health care to an additional three million children should have been a slam-dunk. But it has been stalled, and your help is needed, right now, to get the job done.


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