WVCHIP -- West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program

Every West Virginia child deserves health insurance. And, you can help them get it. During the week of September 20, each school in West Virginia will receive information packets on the WV Children's Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP) from your county school board office. Each packet includes interesting and timely health material that can be used as a teaching tool. Most importantly, each packet needs to go home to every child in your school. Parents must receive the packet and complete the registration to become eligible for the program.

WV CHIP is a new program that provides health insurance for uninsured children. It provides health insurance coverage for working West Virginians who may make too much for WV Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Many children in your classrooms may be eligible.

As a school staff member or concerned citizen, you can help support this effort. Please make an effort to talk with parents who may qualify for the program. Let them know WV CHIP is not a welfare program. It is a health insurance program for working families. See the article "WV CHIP Guidelines" for eligibility information.

Thanks for your help with this effort. To receive more packets or get additional information, call 1-877-WVACHIP, that's 1-877-982-2447. Or e-mail WV CHIP at wvchip@wvdhhr.org.

The best way to find out if you qualify is to complete the application and send it in. But there are some guidelines that may help. Through March 2000, the following eligibility guidelines apply:

Number of People
(Parents and Children)     Maximum Monthly Income

2                                   $1,382

3                                   $1,735

4                                   $2,087

5                                   $2,440

6                                   $2,792

7                                   $3,145

To get insurance for your child(ren), you only need to be income eligible. That means there is no assets test (home, car, etc.). Your household's income is determined from your gross income. This is the amount of your paycheck or income before taxes, social security, and other deductions are taken out. If you are close to the guidelines, you may still be eligible. So go ahead and apply!