The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ensures that we always give our kids a winning hand of lifelong health! Republicans and Democrats created this critically important program in 1997 because it was a low-cost, sound investment in our children's health and future—and they were right! Since enacted, the uninsured rate for children has dropped by nearly 68%!
Thanks to CHIP, and its companion coverage Medicaid, 95% of our nation’s children now have health insurance coverage and the cost savings, as well as life savings, are significant. This dramatic increase in kids’ coverage has a tangible, positive impact on our nation’s future health and education.
From Tanara in Washington:
My work provides healthcare coverage for me, but not my children. Through Washington State's Apple Care, which is part of CHIP, I can provide both my children with health insurance for under $100 a month. To add my children to my work plan would be $870 a month. My mortgage is $1,120 a month. Losing CHIP would GREATLY impact my family. We would go from making it every month with a little left-over, to living paycheck to paycheck where one big bill could push us over the edge.
You can read more stories from parents about CHIP in our storybook, and if you have a story of your own about CHIP, you can submit it here.