WV CHIP Offers Preventive Medical Services to Children

January 25, 2002

Healthy bodies bring healthy minds. In an effort to keep West Virginia children healthy, the West Virginia Department of Education announces that the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP) is available to qualifying children. A child's eligibility is based on age, the family's income and lack of insurance.  

Enacted in 1998, WV CHIP is a statewide program aimed at helping children of working parents obtain the necessary and preventive health care they need to grow into strong, healthy adults. The program is a free low-cost health plan for children up to the age of 19. It helps children receive the necessary and preventive health care by covering services such as well-child visits, immunizations, prescriptions, hospital visits, dental, vision and mental health services.  

“So many children go without proper medical care because their parents, through no fault of their own, cannot afford insurance needed to cover medical expenses,” State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart said. “This is a fantastic program that is offered to help families maintain healthy lifestyles and I hope those who qualify take advantage of its services.”  

For more information regarding the WV CHIP or to request an application, dial toll-free 1-877-982-2447, or check its website for more information: http://www.wvchip.org.

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