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Report: More rural families using child health insurance program


The Wichita Eagle

By Kelsey Ryan

A new report has found that public health coverage through the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is relied on more by rural children in Kansas than urban children.

In Kansas, CHIP is known as Healthwave. It covers health coverage for children under 19 in low income families that do not qualify for Medicaid but have family incomes under 232 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It differs from Medicaid because it is not open-ended and states are awarded yearly allotments for coverage…

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