Changes could be coming to CHIP

Local - 8/14/2013 7:52 AM
CHARLESTON - Changes could be coming to the health insurance program for uninsured West Virginia kids.

The Children's Health Insurance Agency (CHIP) has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday to discuss and vote on a proposal that would eliminate a waiting period prior to enrollment in the program.  Currently, children are required to remain uninsured for three months before signing up to prevent a so-called crowd out, or people moving from a private insurance plan in order to add CHIP coverage. 

The changes was proposed as the state addressed the new health care overhaul which is expected to boost the number of residents enrolled in medicaid and significantly reduce the number of those uninsured.

CHIP currently covers about 25,000 residents ages 18 and younger.

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