Pennsylvania Becomes One of Six States to
Offer Health Care Access to ALL Uninsured Children

Governor Rendell’s initiative called “Cover All Kids” was signed into law which assures that all children living in Pennsylvania, that do not have medical insurance for healthcare, can get coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

For the very low income, children will be screened for Medicaid eligibility. Low to mid-income, children can get free coverage under CHIP and have no premiums or co-pays for services. Parents at higher income levels will have a monthly premium and co-pays, but costs will be reasonable because its a sliding scale fee based on income. In this manner, ALL Pennsylvania children will have access to medical coverage.

For example, let’s look at a family of four people with different income ranges:

New Annual Income Guidelines*:

Income for a family of four
Monthly premium per child
$40,000 or less
$40,000 - $50,000
$50,001 - $55,000
$55,001 - $60,000
over $60,000

Co-pays apply for the following:

Annual Income
$40,000 or less
(family of four)
Annual Income
$40,001 up to $60,000
(family of four)
Annual Income
above $60,000
(family of four)
Doctor Visit
$5 (except for well-child visits)
Specialist Visit
Emergency Room **
Brand Name Prescriptions
Generic Prescriptions

**Emergency room visit co-pay applies if the child is not admitted for a hospital stay.

Other CHIP eligibility requirements are:

  • children must be Pennsylvania residents
  • •not eligible for Medicaid
  • •meet citizenship requirements

If you think this program would be helpful to your family, call PASS at (215) 923-1900 for more information on the program. directly at 1-800-986-KIDS or their internet site at

For more information contact:

Polish American Social Services "PASS"
United Social Services Outreach Program
308 Walnut Street - Philadelphia, PA 19106 • (215) 923-1900

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.