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Pennsylvania's Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), brought to you by Geisinger Health Plan Kids (GHP Kids)

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CHIP gives Pennsylvania kids and teens more

Pennsylvania's Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), brought to you by Geisinger Health Plan Kids (GHP Kids) is available for all uninsured kids and teenagers up to age 19. This comprehensive coverage is offered at low or no cost, with no limit on household income.

Members receive more than just health insurance. Kids also get full dental and vision coverage, access to free health and wellness programs and so much more.

What is CHIP coverage?

CHIP is a program that provides low-cost health insurance to all uninsured Pennsylvania children and teens, regardless of household income. If enrolled in CHIP, your child will have complete medical coverage, as well as dental and vision insurance, prescriptions, vaccinations and other benefits. Coverage is available at low or no cost, depending on your income.

Ready to apply? Start here.

Who is eligible for CHIP?

CHIP covers all PA kids. Any uninsured child or teen up to age 19 who doesn’t qualify for medical assistance will be covered by our GHP Kids CHIP plan. Whether you’ve lost health insurance through your job or your benefits are too expensive, GHP Kids is there for your child.

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Choosing Geisinger Health Plan

We offer the quality coverage and the exceptional value you want. This comprehensive CHIP plan provides medical, dental and vision services for free or for a low cost, based on your income.

More than 500,000 members chose Geisinger Health Plan for its high-quality, affordable healthcare benefits. We think you will, too.

  • Affordability and flexibility – GHP Kids offers low- or no-cost premiums, based on your household income. Our large provider network gives you access to thousands of medical professionals. 

  • Exceptional care close to home – With more than 17,000 primary care and specialty doctors, over 1,800 primary care locations and 132 clinic and urgent care locations located throughout northeast and central PA, exceptional care is right in your backyard.

  • Concierge-type customer service – Our team members are knowledgeable, trained and available by phone, online or in person to answer questions about specific plans and coverage.

  • Exclusive health and wellness programs – GHP Kids members get access to exclusive programs, online workshops, wellness challenges, mental health and substance abuse resources, health coaches and more. And did we mention the discounts? Learn more.

Need special assistance? We can help. 

Do you need help scheduling or getting to your medical appointments? Do you take multiple prescription medications? Do you have a child with special needs? Our Special Needs Unit is here to help.  

Getting you the care you need, when you need it

If you or your child has special needs, we're here to help.

Our nurse case managers are part of the GHP Kids Special Needs Unit and can assist with health conditions or complex healthcare-related matters. 

When you’re a GHP Kids member, you’re part of the Special Needs Unit team. We even have a committee that lets you share ideas on how to improve our health education services. 
For more information about the Consumer Advisory Committee and how to join, call 855-214-8100.

If you or your child has special needs, we're here for you. 

Our nurse case managers work with hospitals, specialists, pharmacists and other health providers to give you that little extra help you need.

Answers to your most common questions

Frequently asked questions

What is CHIP?

CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program — Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to all uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medicaid. There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance. Maybe their parents lost a job. Maybe they don't have health insurance at work. Or maybe it just costs too much. 

Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help. Families just need to apply. There is no waiting list to enroll.
Is CHIP only for low-income families?

For most families, CHIP is free. For others, it is low-cost. The cost of coverage is determined by your family size and household income. Either way, CHIP benefits are the same for all. No family makes too much money for CHIP coverage!
How long is my child covered once they are enrolled in CHIP?

Once enrolled, children are guaranteed 12 months of CHIP coverage unless they no longer meet the basic eligibility requirements. Families must renew their coverage every year in order for the coverage to continue. CHIP insurance companies send renewal notices 90 days before their benefits are going to end, and families must fill out and send the renewal information back to their CHIP insurance company for benefits to continue.
How do I check my application status?

Call our customer care team at 866-621-5235 or PA Relay at 711. We’re available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Who do I contact if I need to update our information?

Call Geisinger Health Plan at 866-621-5235 or PA Relay at 711. 
If I want to switch to another insurance company, how do I do that?

Just call your current health insurance plan and request a change.
I recently gained legal custody of my grandchildren. They are uninsured and need health benefits.
Can I apply for CHIP for them?

Yes! As the legal guardian who is exercising care and control of the children, you can apply for CHIP.

Find the right health insurance plan for you

Call 855-675-9388