Big Thicket Messenger - August 2007
Enrollment in the state’s low-cost insurance program for children grew by about 1,500 in July after four straight months of declines, state officials said Friday.
Approximately 302,400 children are registered this month for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which covers to qualify for Medicaid and too little to buy private insurance.
Despite the increase, enrollment is about 24,000 lower this month than it was in December.
But enrollment is expected to grow in the coming months as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission implements changes the Legislature approved this Spring.
The biggest change allows families to apply for CHIP once a year instead of every six months. Lawmakers also eased restrictions on families’ assets and eliminated the 90-day waiting period for children not previously covered by an insurance plan.
The commission plans to implement the changes on September 1.
The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced that 17,078 fewer children were covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in May than in April.
The cuts marked the second largest number of children ever to be disenrolled in one month, second only to immediately after state budget cuts in 2003.
For information on qualification and enrollment, contact your local Health and Human Services office.