The Delaware Healthy Children Program (DHCP) is a low cost health insurance program for Delaware’s uninsured children. If your child is found eligible for DHCP, you will pay $15 or $25 monthly depending on your income. The single monthly premium covers all the eligible children in your family. You must pay the monthly premium in order for the coverage to become effective. For every three months you pay in advance you get the fourth month of coverage free.
DHCP covers: doctor visits including check-ups, prescription drugs, eye exams and glasses, dental care, routine shots, tests and x-rays, speech/hearing therapy, hospital stays, specialist visits, chiropractic services, mental health counseling, treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.
In order to be eligible for DHCP, your child must be a resident of the state of Delaware, must not have comprehensive health insurance, must be under the age of 19, be a US citizen or qualified noncitizen, cannot be a dependent of a state of Delaware employee and must meet the income limits based on household size.
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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You will need to complete an application and return it to DSS. If DSS cannot verify your information electronically, you may be asked to provide: proof of citizenship and identity, proof of immigration status, social security number for each applicant who has an SSN, proof of all income you receive from the last 30 days or your latest tax return for self-employed applicants.
You may apply online by going to the following website:
You may ask for assistance with applying or have an application mailed to you by calling the Customer Relations Unit (CRU) at 1-866-843-7212.
If you prefer to apply in person, visit your local office for the Division of Social Services (DSS). A DSS staff member will help you find out more about eligibility for Medicaid, DHCP and other assistance programs. To get help finding a local office, call the CRU at 1-866-843-7212.