To expand access to health insurance to families

Health Partners has planned to offer health insurance through the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

CHIP, Health Partners’ newest program, KidzPartners, has already begun enrolling members in Philadelphia County and will expand to surrounding counties in the future.

CHIP offers health insurance to all uninsured children and teens up to age 19 that are not eligible for medical assistance. KidzPartners is part of Health Partners, a plan that has been providing area health coverage for close to 25 years through Pennsylvania’s HealthChoices program.

William S. George, President and CEO of Health Partners, said: Children need immunizations, prescriptions, dental exams and regular health care. Without insurance, we know families can be hard-pressed to pay for what they know is best for their kids. Now, through KidzPartners, we have expanded access to quality health insurance to thousands of families who lack commercial coverage and don’t qualify for Medical Assistance. With unemployment at an all-time high, this is more critical than ever.

Those enrolled in the program will receive 12 months of coverage that must be renewed on an annual basis.