|By Karen Langley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
CHIP provides coverage for children to age 19. It bases premiums on household income and offers free coverage to families who qualify.
About 95 percent of
"We'd like to see that number at 100 percent,"
More than 188,000 children receive insurance through CHIP. The program has provided coverage to more than one million children since 1993, when its benefits became available. It served as a model for a federal children's health insurance program in 1997, according to the
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