More W.V. Children Eligible For CHIP Coverage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than 300 uninsured West Virginia children are now eligible for coverage by the state Children's Health Insurance Program.

Program officials said Friday that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the coverage expansion proposed by the program's board in February.

The change extends coverage to children of families with a gross income of up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level. A family of four can have a household income of about $67,000, up from about $55,000.

Families also must pay a $35 monthly premium for one child or $71 per month for two or more children.

The new eligibility limit became effective Friday.

The program currently covers more than 24,000 children ages 18 and under.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by O Location: PKB on Jul 4, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    Okay, really, who can g et bent out of shape over a plan for CHILDREN? My kids aren't on CHIP & I'm grateful for that but I'm also incredibly grateful that programs like these are out there! Kids can't go to work and receive health insurance as a "benefit" and it's not as though they are off getting breast implants on the states dime. They're seeing their doctors, getting immunizations and making sure they're developing healthy. CHIP is not the same as food stamps, WIC, etc. Which can be abused by the person actually receiving the benefit sharing it with others. I for one don't care how it's funded, I am just thankful that it's there for the kids who need it. My son has a medical condition that had it not been caught could have caused physical & mental disabilities even though he looks perfectly fine! If it weren't for the regular medical care he receives we never would have known it.. CHIP is a wonderful program.
  • by Carl Location: Mineral Wells on Jul 4, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Man in Vienna - I knew you would agree with me. I have read your comments and you are always right on! Maybe MKGs husband wouldn't have to work in such a place and maybe people wouldn't have to come in and cash their checks if the free market economy worked in this county instead of BigBrother trying to control every facet of our lives. It is coming!
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      by MKG on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to Carl
      what kind of income do you earn carl? how much in taxes do you pay? How great is the place you work in? you say in your first comment you go everyday get up every morning "taking the stress day in and day out" "and that you for one are sick of it" you say maybe my husband would not have to work in "such a place" well from the soounds of your comment where you are isnt such a great place either! He goes in every morning at 5:30am. Quit complaining about getting up every morning. If your so well off and they are taking so much in taxes from you stay home! Thank god our income goes up a little every year and thank god they increased the CHIP limit because we were very close to not qualifying. If you want to know where the money is coming from there are plenty of websites about the CHIP program and all types of literature out there. Use the mouse on your computer or the pad on your laptop and click on those sites to educate yourself about your inquiries.
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        by wornout on Jul 5, 2011 at 04:33 AM in reply to MKG
        MKG, you are the type that I do not mind paying my taxes and give a bit of help.
  • by MKG Location: PBURG on Jul 3, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    It helps families that make 54,500 a year! i do know that. A full-time working family married for 20 yrs with 2 children. A family that receives and is eligible FOR NO OTHER GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS! NO FREE SCHOOL LUNCH OR REDUCED LUNCH NO FOOD STAMPS NOTHING.It is for working families that their employer has stopped carry healthcare because of the cost it is not even offered to alot of us to even pay 200 a month premium just for the kids anymore. The healthcare is taken away and it is not an option to purchase. We make at least 54,500 every year. My husband works 65-75 or more hours a week. he is SUPPOSED TO GET 4 DAYS OFF A MONTH. Alot of months that doesnt happen. He does get 5 wks vacation though so we can sit home and he can rest from cashing all the welfare checks,disablilty checks etc that come in everyday. He is a manager of a place that people think is a bank i guess. they come in all day wanting checks cashed get a bank account to cash your government checks not a store. Where do they think he gets his money from? he has to go to the bank to replenish the funds they take all day! If you are getting free food and funds at least be kind nice to employees when you shop. not yell and be rude. I AM PROUD TO PAY TAXES ON OUR HOMEOWNING VEHICLE OWNING 54,500 PLUS A YEAR INCOME & PROUD & THANKFUL WV GIVES MY 2 KIDS CHIP. WE STILL PAY A SMALL PREMIUM MONTHLY AND CO PAYS TO ALL VISITS AND FOR PRESCRIPTIONS. THANKS WV!! I AM A TAXPAYER AND MY 2 KIDS GET CHIP! WITHOUT INSURANCE OR CHIP YOU WILL NOT FIND A DOCTOR TO TAKE YOU ON A CASH BASIS. WE KNOW BECAUSE MY HUISBAND & I CANT EVER GO TO THE DR. NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE YOU ON CASH BASIS. TAXPAYERS GET CHIP.
  • by Carl Location: Mineral Wells on Jul 2, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    This is really nice. However, where is the money coming from to fund this? From the WV taxpayer or maybe the taxpayers from another state? Who is paying for this program? As a taxpayer who gets up every morning to go into work and take the stress and strain day in andday out, I am tired, really tired of seeing all of the state and federal handouts. Who is paying for this? Did you know that the Government doesn't produce anything therefore has no money to handout. It comes from taxpayers. Last I heard there were 48% of us keeping the other 52%. What is going to happen when the rest of us decide that we are tired, we will retire, take a furlough, quit and go on unemployment, sign up for food stamps? Who is going to take care of the children, the elderly, the sick and disabled? Who? While it is nice to celebrate all of these wonderful state and government programs-think about what is going to happen when there are no more taxpayers because I for one am done!
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      by man in vienna on Jul 3, 2011 at 07:49 AM in reply to Carl
      ~amen~ enuff said !
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      by ljn on Jul 5, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to Carl
      The people you are criticizing are the same people who get up and go to work every morning, paying state and federal income tax, paying property taxes. These people would be referred to as the working middle class. They do not get any other help, no food stamps, no welfare, and before this, no insurance for their children. At least they are paying a premium for the insurance they can finally provide for their children.
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