NU Online News Service, June 11, 2004, 3:03 p.m. EDT – Federal officials have approved a plan to open California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program to some families that have incomes that are 3 times as high as the federal poverty level.[@@]
The change will affect children up to age 19 who live in 4 extremely expensive California counties: Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
The change means that a family of 4 living in San Francisco could earn as much as $56,550 a year and still qualify to buy subsidized CHIP coverage. In the past, the CHIP income limit in the 4 counties was 250% of the federal poverty level.
California also will raise the CHIP income limit to 300% of the federal poverty level throughout the state for children up to age 2 whose mothers are enrolled in a state health insurance program aimed at infants, pregnant women and mothers of infants.