Affordable Health Insurance for Kids

The Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, provides low-cost health coverage to children under the age of 19. There may be a small monthly premium ($10 or $15, depending on income) for each child enrolled in CHIP.

CHIP is broken into two different plans to accommodate certain medical needs of it's recipients.

  • Basic Plan – This plan provides health, prevention, and wellness benefits for children who don’t have special health needs. This plan includes annual physicals, immunizations, most prescriptions, doctor and hospital visits, and more.
  • Enhanced Plan –This plan is for individuals with disabilities or special health needs. This plan has all the benefits of the Basic Plan, plus additional benefits. Most of the time, individuals will need to be referred by a doctor to become eligible for the enhanced plan.

Apply Online

  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID Card
    • Household Income
    • Housing Costs
    • Current Monthly Expenses
    • If applicable, Immigration Status

Apply over the Phone or In Person

  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID Card
    • Household Income
    • Housing Costs
    • Current Monthly Expenses
    • If applicable, Immigration Status

Apply by Mail, Email or Fax

  • Then Apply by either:
    •  Email: MyBenefits@dhw.idaho.gov
    •  Fax: 1-866-434-8278 (toll free)
    •  Mail: Self Reliance Programs, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0026
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID Card
    • Household Income
    • Housing Costs
    • Current Monthly Expenses
    • If applicable, Immigration Status

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for CHIP, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Idaho
  • Be a child under the age of 19
  • Be a US Citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Children must not currently have creditable insurance
  • Meet certain income guidelines
Maximum Monthly Income Limits
MAGI Medicaid
  Gross Income for Child Coverage
Household Size Under 19 Disabled Children
2 $2,607 Contact Us
3 $3,291 Income and resource guidelines for disability are best explained by staff.
4 $3,975
5 $4,659
6 $5,343
7 $6,027
8 $6,711
Each Additional Member (+) $684

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