Governor Continues Discussion on CHIP Funding and Outreach
Governor Corbett met with children and their families this week during a tour of the new Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at the Hershey Medical Center and spoke about the need to increase outreach and enrollment for the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
“Just like the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital was built to take care of the needs of children and families, our CHIP program continues to be here for Pennsylvanians,” Corbett said. “We have a common goal and mission, to take care of our children and to give parents a sense of comfort knowing that their children are covered and receiving stateof-the-art care.”
Corbett’s 2013-14 proposed budget includes plans to re-energize the HIP outreach and enrollment activities with a commitment of $8.5 million to ensure our children don’t go without the medical care they need. The additional funding will be used for enrollment services and to provide health care coverage to the 9,300 new enrollees expected through the expanded outreach.
CHIP was created under legislation signed in 1992. It began providing benefits in 1993 and later served as a model for the federal S-CHIP program in 1997. CHIP expanded in 2006 with Cover All Kids, an initiative making sure that any uninsured child and teen not eligible for, or enrolled in, Medical Assistance would have access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage.
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