CHIP stands for the Children’s Health Insurance Program which is located in Pennsylvania.  This program is designed to provide high quality health insurance to children and teens that are currently uninsured.  CHIP provides a safety net for all young people to make sure that they live as healthy a life as possible.  It is not difficult to find out if you are eligible for this type of insurance coverage. All a parent has to do is apply, if there is a need then a family should be eligible.

Applying has never been easier for CHIP as you can complete the whole process online or even by mail if that is more comfortable to you.  There are some simple important pieces of information that should be readily available to help fill out the application.  The state will need to know the income amounts that your entire household made last year before taxes.  All applicants will need their social security numbers and birthdates. Finally any private health insurance information needs to be shared, namely if you have or had any health care coverage in the past 90 days.  It shouldn’t take too long for the application to be completed and for your child to receive Chip coverage.

When it comes to renewing CHIP coverage it is important that it needs to be done each and every year, in order to continue the coverage of your child.  This process is very similar to the initial process except that all of your information will be in their system already.  The income from a new year before taxes, this includes employment and other forms of income.  Like the initial application any private health insurance coverage over the past year will have to be reported.  The renewal process is much quicker than the initial application process.  It is key to remember that every child needs to be renewed to continue to enjoy CHIP coverage. Below is a guide on how you can apply or renew CHIP coverage online.

Required to Apply or Renew CHIP Coverage online:

  • A Computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone
  • Internet access
  • Personal information

How to Apply or Renew CHIP Coverage online:

  1. Visit the official websiteCopy and paste the following URL into your browser or if your system allows, click the link we have provided here:
  2. Click the apply or renew tab
  3. You will be directed to the Compass site
  4. Enter information in the appropriate field for applying or renewing
  5. Fill in all information for all members of household
  6. Hit enter and your benefits will be revealed