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South Dakota Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Benefits

Program Description

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.

General Program Requirements

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.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $23,340
2 $31,460
3 $39,580
4 $47,700
5 $55,820
6 $63,940
7 $72,060
8 $80,180
Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

The application for this program can be found at the following location:
http://dss.sd.gov/formsandpubs/docs/GEN/301Application.pdf

Program Contact Information

To learn more about South Dakota's CHIP program, please visit: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/generalinfo/medicalprograms.aspx#chip
For more information, you can also call this toll free number: 800-305-3064
You may also visit this Web site to learn more about other medical assistance programs available in South Dakota: http://dss.sd.gov/medicalservices/
Or look up your local DSS Office here: http://dss.sd.gov/findyourlocaloffice/