By now you probably already know that Congress is debating a tax bill that Republicans are hoping will stimulate the economy. There is a lot of debate happening around the tax cut bill but some are worried about what it will do to the CHIP Program. This would include Jimmy Kimmel who has come out publicly to defend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CHIP Program allows parents to purchase child only health insurance plans for their kids. This is important if they don’t have traditional health insurance.
Question: How long can a child be covered under parents health insurance?
Answer: As of now, children can stay on their parent’s private health insurance plan until they are 26.
There are many parents today who are concerned about making sure there child is covered under their health insurance. For some of them the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) has been an vital part of making sure their kids have the health insurance coverage they need. You may have heard a news story about Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional plea with congress to keep the program in place. His son Billy, was born with a rare heart disease that required surgery to save his life. Jimmy Kimmel continued to call on Congress last night with his son on his show, to keep the CHIP Program funded. Even though Kimmel doesn’t need the CHIP Program he feels that many families would suffer if these child only health insurance policies were no longer funded.
If you’ve never heard of the CHIP Program it basically allows families to acquire affordable health insurance for their children if they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.In some cases pregnant moms can qualify for coverage as well. This is one reason celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel have spoken out on the subject. Although many families don’t need help to help get coverage for their kids, there are some families who count on these funds to get the health care their kids need.
Most of the private health insurance plans for children cover important health expenses like routine immunizations, well baby checkups, school screenings and even visits to the Emergency Room.
If you need to find private health insurance for your child it helps to contact the Marketplace In Your State website. You can also compare health insurance quotes for children in your state on our website using the quote box at the top of the page.