Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs.

CHIP provides insurance coverage to uninsured, low-income children above Medicaid income eligibility thresholds. Each state has the option to cover its CHIP population within its Medicaid program, design and structure a separate CHIP program, or establish a combination program using both options.

Currently, 9 states including District of Columbia operate CHIP through their Medicaid program; 2 states — Connecticut and Washington, operate a separate CHIP program; and 40 states use a combination approach.

STATEProgram NameEligibilityType
AlabamaALL Kids317%Combination
AlaskaDenali Kidcare< 208%Medicaid Expansion
ArkansasARKids First!216%Combination
CaliforniaHealthy Families266%Combination
ColoradoChild Health Plan Plus (CHP+)265%Combination
ConnecticutHUSKY (Part B)323%Separate CHIP
DelawareHealthly Children217%Combination
District of ColumbiaDC Healthy Families< 324%Medicaid Expansion
FloridaFlorida KidCare215%Combination
GeorgiaPeachCare for Kids252%Combination
HawaiiQUEST< 313%Medicaid Expansion
IdahoIdaho Health Plan190%Combination
IllinoisALL Kids318%Combination
IndianaHoosier Healthwise255%Combination
IowaHealthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-I)307%Combination
KentuckyKentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)218%Combination
MarylandMaryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP)< 322%Medicaid Expansion
MichiganMIChild< 217%Combination
MinnesotaMinnesotaCare< 280%Combination
MissouriMO HealthNet for Kids305%Combination
MontanaHealthy Montana Kids266%Combination
NebraskaKids Connection< 218%Combination
NevadaNevada Check Up205%Combination
New HampshireCHIP/Medicaid< 323%Medicaid Expansion
New JerseyNJ Family Care355%Combination
New MexicoNew Mexikids/MexiTeens< 245%Medicaid Expansion
New YorkChild Health Plus (CHPlus)405%Combination
North CarolinaNC Health Choice for Children (NCHC)216%Combination
North Dakota 3Healthy Steps175%Combination
OhioHealthy Start< 211%Medicaid Expansion
OklahamaSoonerCare< 210%Combination
OregonHealthy Kids305%Combination
Rhode IslandRIte Care< 266%Combination
South CarolinaHealthy Connections Kids< 213%Medicaid Expansion
South DakotaCHIP209%Combination
VermontDr. Dynasaur< 317%Medicaid Expansion
VirginiaFamily Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS)205%Combination
WashingtonApple Health for Kids317%Separate CHIP
West VirginiaWV CHIP305%Combination
WisconsinBadgerCare Plus306%Combination
WyomingKidCare CHIP205%Combination

Source: KFF. Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Limits for Children as a Percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

  1. Eligibility levels reflect MAGI converted income standards that include a five percentage point of the federal poverty level disregard and are subject to change.
  2. There will be no new enrollments of children into the Healthy Families Program. Families with uninsured children are encouraged to apply for coverage for their children through the Medi-Cal.
  3. North Dakota is one of only two (2) states to set eligibility for SCHIP below 200% FPL.