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CHIP Day at Fiesta to enroll Houston children in low-cost health insurance

More than 77,000 children in Harris County have been enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) since it began on May 1, 2000. Yet, more than 175,000 of the County’s children continue to lack health insurance.

For that reason, the Children’s Defense Fund – Texas, the Gulf Coast CHIP Coalition, and local CHIP outreach organizations will hold the sixth Houston area Fiesta Supermarket CHIP Day on Saturday, September 29 from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trained volunteers will be on hand to assist families in applying for CHIP and children’s Medicaid at the following 11 Fiesta Supermarkets:
4711 Airline, 11006 Airline, 10401 Jensen, 1020 Quitman, 2300 N. Shepherd, 800 South Wayside, 8320 FM 1960 West, 1603 Spencer Highway, 6200 Bellaire, 2323 Wirt Road, and 3707 Avenue H in Rosenberg,

To apply for CHIP and Medicaid, families should bring ONE of the following proofs of income:

• One check stub from the employer, OR

• Copy of the most recent tax form, OR

• A letter from an employer, verifying the wage earners income.

Services covered by CHIP and Medicaid include regular checkups and doctors office visits, shots and immunizations, eye exams and glasses, dental care, hospital care, and mental health services. Most families will pay no more than $18.00 per month to insure all of their children.

To obtain an application for CHIP and Medicaid, families may call 1-800-647-6558 or download an application from the internet at www.texcarepartnership.com.

The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.