I was a low-income graduate student in a troubled marriage when my son was born. His birth, and our care for the first few years of his life, was through a CHIP program in Ohio. It was the most reliable and wonderful healthcare experience I've ever been a part of, and when we needed it the most. I did not want to go into a state program at first, so I shopped around for any other program that might give us healthcare, but there were none that would support us and adding him to my school insurance would have cost more than I made each month. With this support, I was able to finish graduate school, and I am now a tenured university professor in Connecticut. My son is now 13.
I tell people every chance I get that they have no idea by looking at someone, who was helped by CHIP. My son knows how important it was to our lives. I'm proud to have been a former CHIP recipient and to now be able to give back through my taxes and support of others who need this essential program.