(08/17/2013)
The waiting period for enrollment in West Virginia's Children's Health Insurance Program has been eliminated.

The changes are effective October 01, 2013.

The Children's Health Insurance Agency board voted to eliminate the 90-day waiting period prior to enrollment in the program for West Virginia children who are uninsured.

The changes are effective October 01, 2013. Previously, children had been required to remain uninsured for three months before enrollment.

The change comes as West Virginia addresses President Obama's new health care overhaul that's expected to significantly reduce the number of uninsured people in West Virginia.

CHIPS currently covers about 25,000 state residents ages 18 and under.


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