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Pickett Secures House Approval of CHIP Extension Through 2017
HARRISBURG – Youngsters enrolled in the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will be able to continue their coverage through the end of 2017 under legislation, sponsored by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), which was approved by the House today.

For more than 20 years, CHIP has offered no-cost or low-cost health care coverage for children, helping to improve the overall health of those under age 18. Any child not eligible for Medical Assistance is eligible for CHIP, with monthly premiums based on family income.

“Ensuring that children have access to affordable health care is an important part of keeping kids healthy now and for years to come,” said Pickett, who serves as chairman of the House Insurance Committee. “By making it easier to obtain vaccinations, visit the dentist and optometrist and have regular checkups, we are helping to ensure that children get a good start for a happier, healthier life.”

Under House Bill 857, the program is extended until Dec. 31, 2017.
As part of CHIP, coverage includes routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental appointments and eye care, along with immunizations, mental health, durable medical equipment, rehabilitation therapies, home health care and autism-related services.
Currently, more than 150,000 children are enrolled in CHIP across the Commonwealth, with 672 in Bradford County, 58 in Sullivan County and 526 in Susquehanna County.
The legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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