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Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

formally known as Kid's Connections

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

a Nebraska Medicaid Program

Formally called KID’S CONNECTIONS a Health Insurance Program.

The children’s health insurance program went into effect September 1, 1998, providing health care coverage to children of low-income working families in Nebraska. Kid’s Connections is a part of former Gov. Ben Nelson’s Success 2000 vision for Nebraska’s future-ensuring that all children receive routine and preventative health care benefits in Nebraska.

CHIP is an expansion of Medicaid as health care coverage for qualified children who are without other health insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid. Federally called the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), it provides the same services covered under Medicaid.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Improve the access and continuity of care for children age 18 years and younger.
  • Establish consistent preventive care.  
  • Reduces state administrative burden to establish eligibility.
  • Improves Medicaid’s goal of easier and faster enrollment/eligibility process.

CHIP is administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  This program will build on the state’s medical program and provide health coverage for children in families whose income is 185 percent of the federal poverty level or below.  Pregnant women with the same income level will also be included. 

Once eligible, a child will receive coverage for twelve continuous months, regardless of changes in family income.  This means more consistent and comprehensive medical, dental and certain mental health services for children and less administrative burden for providers, clients and agency workers.

What does CHIP cover?

CHIP provides well care for your child in helping to prevent diseases, finding and treating problems early, and maintaining good health and development.

Regular check-ups include:

  • baby checkups and immunizations
  • immunizations for school-age children
  • yearly checkups for school-age children, including school and sports physicals
  • dental check-ups and dental sealants
  • vision and hearing testing  

CHIP also provides medical care for injuries and illnesses as early as possible.  This is essential in treating or correcting health problems.

Treatment includes:

  • doctor's visits
  • hospital care
  • dental treatment
  • counseling
  • medications
  • labtest/x-rays
  • eye glasses
  • specialty services for children with disabilities or chronic health conditions
  • mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment services
  • counseling  

How can CHIP be my child's health coverage?  

Your child's eligibility to have health coverage through CHIP based primarily on your family's income.  Children may be eligible:

  • if they are under age 19
  • if they live in Nebraska
  • even if both parents live at home
  • even if one or both parents work full-time

Do your children qualify for CHIP?

A simple online screening tool may assist to see if you could qualify. It doesn't’t provide an official decision, and you have the right to apply for any programs even if this screening indicates you are not eligible. Go to ACCESSNebraska to see if you qualify.

If you have questions, call toll-free at 1-855-632-7633.

Subscribe to the CHIP.

Online CHIP application.

Take home CHIP application.

CHIP Information:

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Finance & Support
P.O. Box 85801
Lincoln, NE 68509-85801
Phone: 1-855-632-7633 
In Lincoln 402-473-7000
In Omaha 402-595-1178
(Select option for General Information and then option for Customer Service Center)




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