News for Immediate Release
Oct. 16, 2013
CHIP Teams Up with Department of Health,
Latino Community to Continue Building Awareness of CHIP, Celebrate its
Lancaster – Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone and CHIP Executive Director
Franca D’Agostino have teamed up to spread the word about the Children’s Health
Insurance Program and to celebrate the recent passage of legislation under
Governor Tom Corbett’s Healthy
both DeLone and D’Agostino provided health information to the families at San
Juan Bautista Cultural Center. Families at the event also visited with CHIP
insurance companies, created colorful mural panels celebrating good health and
participated in Salsa dancing.
critically important that we come together to address all barriers to the good
health of the Hispanic community in Pennsylvania, including the lack of
insurance, access to quality care and knowledge of healthy living,”
said Father Allan F. Wolfe of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church.
proud to partner with the governor and the CHIP program on their efforts to
eliminate these barriers for children by providing immediate access to
insurance, something that is greatly needed to better serve our rapidly growing
CHIP is one of Pennsylvania’s
most successful public-private partnerships. The state offers the program and
defines its benefit plans; private insurance carriers coordinate those benefits
and the care they provide with robust provider networks.
Earlier today, Corbett joined
legislators in Harrisburg to sign House Bill 108, which reauthorizes the CHIP
program and eliminates the program’s six-month waiting period.
“As Pennsylvania’s physician general, I want
to share Governor Corbett’s commitment that no parent will have to worry about
their child’s health care,” DeLone said. “That is why the governor signed
CHIP’s reauthorization into law today and that is why he worked to eliminate
any waiting period to allow for timelier access to benefits for new CHIP
action moves the state one step closer to achieving the governor’s Healthy
Pennsylvania goal of increasing access to quality, affordable health care
by helping to insure all children in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Corbett’s
2013-14 budget commits $8.5 million for enrollment and outreach efforts for the
Children’s Health Insurance Program.
are growing up healthy because of the Children’s Health Insurance Program,” D’Agostino
said. “Whether you
are a parent to an infant, a toddler, a grade-schooler or a teenager, your kids
have regular ongoing, health- care needs. For most families, CHIP is free;
others pay a low cost – depending upon income.”
Nine insurance company
contractors across the state provide CHIP’s generous benefits packages, giving
families more than one choice in every county.
During the program’s history,
more than one million children have had access to quality coverage and care
through CHIP. More than 188,000 children are currently enrolled in the program.
More than 9,300 children are enrolled in Lancaster County.
Eight out of 10 families in the
program would recommend it to a friend, and CHIP families overwhelmingly report
a high level of satisfaction with their healthcare providers.
For more information about CHIP, visit www.chipcoverspakids.com.
more information on Healthy Pennsylvania
the full plan can be viewed online at www.pa.gov.
Placey, Insurance, 717-787-3289
Tysarczyk, Health, 717-787-1783