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Corbett Signs CHIP Extension Bill, Boback Says
10/16/2013
Rep. Karen Boback (standing behind table) joined several legislators and Gov. Tom Corbett for the signing of House Bill 108, which extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Dec. 31, 2015. Without action, the program was due to sunset at the end of 2013.
HARRISBURG
– Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation Wednesday that extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), said Rep. Karen Boback (Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming). That program meets the healthcare needs of uninsured and underinsured children across Pennsylvania.

Without action, the program was due to sunset at the end of 2013.

“This is a program that families and children have relied on for two decades,” said Boback. “I voted for this extension and I was proud to see Governor Corbett sign it into law.”

Under House Bill 108, the program is extended until Dec. 31, 2015, and the six-month waiting period is eliminated before a child can enroll.

“Eliminating the six-month waiting period is a very important provision in this bill,” Boback said. “It ensures that quality health care is available to uninsured or underinsured children when they need it.”

CHIP coverage includes quality, comprehensive health insurance coverage for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental appointments and eye care, along with immunizations, mental health, durable medical equipment, rehabilitation therapies, home health care and autism-related services.

Free CHIP coverage is available to eligible children in households with incomes no greater than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); low-cost CHIP coverage is available for those with incomes greater than 200 percent but no greater than 300 percent of the FPL; and families with incomes greater than 300 percent of the FPL have the opportunity to purchase coverage by paying the full rate negotiated by the state.

Currently, 188,098 children are enrolled in CHIP across the Commonwealth, with 880 from Columbia County, 4,516 from Luzerne County and 431 from Wyoming County. Federal funds pay for approximately two-thirds of the total cost of CHIP.

Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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