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South Dakota Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides free health insurance to South Dakota children who meet certain eligibility guidelines.
CHIP covers doctor appointments, hospital stay, dental and vision services, prescription drugs, mental health care and other medical services. CHIP provides health insurance coverage to uninsured children whose family income is up to 200 percent of the Federal poverty level (monthly income of $3,067 for a family of four).
Children who already have private health insurance may also be eligible for CHIP paying deductibles, co-payments and other medical services not covered by their private policy. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident. Low income families in South Dakota (with or without private health insurance) may be eligible for FREE or low cost South Dakota Medicaid including regular checkups, Well-Child Care exams, dental care, and vision care.
To be eligible, the family must consist of a parent or other adult caretaker relative and a dependent child. A caretaker relative may be parent, grandparent, brother, sister, stepparent, etc. A dependent child is a child under age 18 who is living with a parent or a caretaker relative.
If a child is 18 years old and still a fulltime student in high school, the child is considered a dependent child if he or she is expected to complete high school before reaching age 19.
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