PSA: Montana CHIP still enrolling; no waiting list

Thanks to the Billings Gazette for noting that Montana CHIP is taking more Montana children — and there’s no waiting list.

CHIP is, of course, Children’s Health Insurance Program, or a government-subsidized program for children of low-income Montana families. It’s very affordable, and the coverage is great, unlike, say, my $1K/mo plan. Friends of mine in graduate school found CHIP to be a life-saver when having to choose between school and health insurance, they found they could have both.

Are you eligible? According to the Gazette:

The Children’s Health Insurance Program covers otherwise uninsured Montana children from birth to age 19 in families with annual income up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. What is 150 percent of poverty?It’s $19,800 for a family of two; $24,900 for a family of three; $30,000 for a family of four and higher for larger families. Childcare and work expenses can be deducted from income in determining eligibility.

Surprisingly high, especially considering I missed out by not so much despite the two professional incomes in the family.

The Gazette notice left a bunch of Billings-area contact numbers, which won’t be much use to my Missoula reader, but you can learn more at the KidsNow toll-free number: 877-543-7669. Or visit the CHIP web site. Check it out. You don’t have to move out of state to insure your children.

(D*mn socialists making sure working- and middle-class families can insure their kids!)

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