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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