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Federal Decision Affects Healthcare for Pa Children

Ruling affects which kids can remain on CHIP.

Some families with kids in the Children's Health Insurance Program or CHIP will be able to keep that coverage until the end of the year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to a request by the Corbett administration to allow children from families earning 100  to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to remain on CHIP, instead of requiring them to move to Medicaid. Children from families earning more than that will remain on CHIP.

Some families and organizations expressed  concerns that forcing kids out of CHIP and into Medicaid would disrupt their relationships with their doctors and access to robust provider networks offered by CHIP.

Notices to the currently 30,000 CHIP families impacted by HHS' decision will be mailed from their CHIP insurance carriers this month.

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