Enrollment in children's health insurance program in Pa. spikes
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 12.08.16
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Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas speaks at a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of his department assuming control of the children's health insurance program, or CHIP.
(Harrisburg) -- More people are enrolling in the state's children's health insurance program.
The state Department of Human Services says CHIP enrollment has jumped from nearly 151,000 kids in 2015 to more than 168,000 now.
It made the announcement on the one-year anniversary of the program moving under the control of DHS.
It was previously run by the Insurance Department.
DHS says it's also reduced application processing time from 40 days to one day, and cut phone wait time.
A recent national study found that more and more families are relying on CHIP to get health coverage for their children.
Children can get free or significantly reduced coverage through CHIP, based on a sliding scale that factors in household size and income.
About 4 percent of children in Pennsylvania were uninsured last year, down from more than 5 percent in 2013.
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