CHIP - PA Children's Health Insurance Program

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Office of the Acting Secretary

September 26, 2014


To:          All Public, Nonpublic and Private Schools

From:     Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D., Acting Secretary of Education

Re:         Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


With the 2014-15 school year under way, it’s important for students to have access to the health care they need.

The Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can help.

For many Pennsylvania families, CHIP is free or offered at a low cost.

Coverage is provided by private health insurance carriers with a generous benefits package and robust medical provider networks.

Last year, Governor Corbett eliminated the waiting period so that no uninsured child would need to wait to apply.

All school districts should have received CHIP materials last spring to prepare for back-to-school distribution.  Please be sure these materials are getting home to families and they know how to apply.

Additionally, parents, teachers, families and school nurses can access CHIP information via the links below.

CHIP’s Main Website:

Downloadable Materials and Handouts for Schools and Parents:

What is CHIP:

Eligibility and Benefits:

Apply for and/or Renew CHIP Coverage:

As you know, healthy children are healthy learners.  Please use these materials to get the word out that CHIP coverage is well within reach.