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CHIP Teams Up with Department of Health, Latino Community to Continue Building Awareness of CHIP, Celebrate its Re-authorization

News for Immediate Release

Oct. 16, 2013

 

CHIP Teams Up with Department of Health, Latino Community to Continue Building Awareness of CHIP, Celebrate its Re-authorization

 

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 Pennsylvania plan.

 

Today, 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.

 

“It’s 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.

 

“We’re 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 community.”

 

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 participants.”

 

This 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.

 

“Pennsylvania children 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.

 

For more information on Healthy Pennsylvania the full plan can be viewed online at www.pa.gov.

 

Media contact

Rosanne Placey, Insurance, 717-787-3289

Aimee Tysarczyk, Health, 717-787-1783

 

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