Kavulich renews access to health care for children

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, today voted to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides health insurance for children in low-income working families earning too much to qualify for Medicaid through Dec. 31, 2017.

“For nearly 150,000 kids in Pennsylvania, CHIP is literally a lifesaver, and for hundreds of thousands of parents this health care offers peace of mind knowing their child can see a doctor when illness or injury strikes,” Kavulich said. “CHIP provides coverage for preventative care, emergencies and even inoculations. The healthier our kids are, the better they’ll do in school and the more success they’ll have in life. Renewing this program is a smart investment in our state’s present and future.”

Created in Pennsylvania under Gov. Bob Casey in 1992, CHIP has since become the model for children’s health insurance programs nationwide and was the inspiration for the federal SCHIP initiative signed into law by President Clinton in 1997. Without today’s unanimous vote, the program would have expired on Dec. 31.

To find out more or to see if your child is eligible, contact Kavulich’s constituent service office or visit CHIP online at www.chipcoverspakids.com.