Eligibility & Benefits

For most families, CHIP is free. A household with income above a certain level can receive CHIP at low-cost or full-cost.


Key Requirements

To qualify for enrollment in CHIP, you child must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • A child must be under the age of 19
  • A child must be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • A child must be a U.S. citizen, a lawfully admitted alien with permanent status or a refugee as determined by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services
  • A child must be uninsured and not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance

CHIP Income Limits and Eligibility Requirements for a Family of Four*

  • Free coverage, if you earn up to $52,208
  • Low cost coverage, if you earn up to $78,814
  • Full cost coverage, if you earn more than $78,814


Benefits

CHIP health insurance covers all of the services you would expect under a quality plan including:

  • Preventive coverage such as doctor's office visits, well-child care and immunizations
  • Specialist care
  • Pre and post natal care
  • Emergency medical and accident care
  • Diagnostic and laboratory tests
  • Mental health services
  • Prescription drugs
  • Preventive, routine and emergency dental, vision and hearing care
  • Inpatient and partial hospitalization
  • Home health care
  • Substance abuse
  • Home medical equipment (DME)


CHIP Eligibility Guidelines

Are you eligible for free or low-cost health care coverage?

  1. Locate the number of people in your household.
  2. Find the box that matches your household's annual gross income and age of your children.
  3. Look down the column to see your monthly cost per child and the copayments per child, per visit.

Example: A four-person household with an annual income of $68,688 will pay a monthly premium of $70 per child, plus any copayments for services.

Income

Household Size Income Level
Ages 1-5
Income Level
Ages 6-18
1 $ 19,060  $ 25,252 $ 16, 147  $ 25,252
2 $ 25,843  $ 34,237 $ 21,892  $ 34,237
3 $ 32,625  $ 43,223 $ 27,638  $ 43,223
4 $ 39,407  $ 52,208 $ 33,383  $ 52,208
5 $ 46,190  $ 61,194 $ 39,129  $ 61,194
6 $ 52,972  $ 70,180 $ 44,875  $ 70,180
7 $ 59,755  $ 79,165 $ 50,620  $ 79,165
8 $ 66,537  $ 88,151 $ 56,366  $ 88,151


Cost

Monthly Premium Per Child $ 0.00 $ 0.00


Copayments Per Child Per Visit

Doctor Visit $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Brand Name Prescription $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Generic Prescription $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Specialist Visits $ 0.00 $ 0.00
ER Visits ** $ 0.00 $ 0.00

** Emergency room visit copayment applies if the child is not admitted for a hospital stay.

Income

Household Size

Income Level

Ages 0-1

Income Level

Ages 1-18

Income Level

Ages 0-18

Income Level

Ages 0-18

1 $ 26,101  $ 31,807 $ 25, 252  $ 31,807 $ 31,807  $ 34,964 $ 34, 964  $ 38,120
2 $ 35,389  $ 43,126 $ 34,237  $ 43,126 $ 43,126  $ 47,405 $ 47,405  $ 51,685
3 $ 44,677  $ 54, 444 $ 43,223  $ 54,444 $ 54,444  $ 59,847 $ 59,487  $ 65,250
4 $ 53,965  $ 65,762 $ 52,208  $ 65,762 $ 65,762  $ 72,288 $ 72,288  $ 78,814
5 $ 63,253  $ 77,801 $ 61,194  $ 77,081 $ 77,081  $ 84,730 $ 84,730  $ 92,379
6 $ 72,541  $ 88,399 $ 70,180  $ 88,399 $ 88,399  $ 97,172 $ 97,172  $ 105,944
7 $ 81,829  $ 99,718 $ 79,165  $ 99,718 $ 99,718  $ 109,613 $ 109,613  $ 119,509
8 $ 91,117  $ 111,036 $ 88,151  $ 111,036 $ 111,036  $ 122,055 $ 122, 055  $ 133,074


Cost

Monthly Premium Per Child $ 55.00 $ 55.00 $ 70.00 $ 80.00


Copayments Per Child Per Visit

Doctor Visit $ 5.00 $ 5.00 $ 5.00 $ 5.00
Brand Name Prescription $ 9.00 $ 9.00 $ 9.00 $ 9.00
Generic Prescription $ 6.00 $ 6.00 $ 6.00 $ 6.00
Specialist Visits $ 10.00 $ 10.00 $ 10.00 $ 10.00
ER Visits** $ 25.00 $ 25.00 $ 25.00 $ 25.00

** Emergency room visit copayment applies if the child is not admitted for a hospital stay.

Income

Household Size

Income Level

Ages 1-18

1 $ 38,120  No Limit
2 $ 51,685  No Limit
3 $ 65,250  No Limit
4 $ 78,814  No Limit
5 $ 92,379  No Limit
6 $ 105,944  No Limit
7 $ 119,509  No Limit
8 $ 133,074  No Limit


Cost

Monthly Premium Per Child $ 284.82


Copayments Per Child Per Visit

Doctor Visit $ 15.00
Brand Name Prescription $ 18.00
Generic Prescription $ 10.00
Specialist Visits $ 25.00
ER Visits ** $ 50.00

If your income is below any amount listed, your child could be eligible for Medical Assistance. For more details, please call 800.543.7101.

* Dependent on your income, your child may be enrolled in Medical Assistance. Commonwealth of PA guidelines require weekly wages to be calculated at 48 payments and biweekly wages to be calculated at 24 payments. 

** Emergency room visit copayment applies if the child is not admitted for a hospital stay.

CHIP coverage is issued by Keystone Health Plan® Central through a contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. BlueCross Dental sm and BlueCross Visions"" are issued by Capital Advantage Assurance Company®. Capital Advantage Assurance Company and Keystone Health Plan Central are subsidiaries of Capital BlueCross. All are independent licensees of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Communications are issued by Capital BlueCross in its capacity as administrator of programs and provider relations.