Applying for CHIP is easy. You can apply online or by mail in the privacy of your own home.
APPLY ONLINE WITH COMPASS
The online application walks you through all the questions. The applications are submitted immediately and directly, so there's no worrying about it getting lost in the mail. And since COMPASS is Pennsylvania's online application system for various benefit programs, you can apply for different services with just one application.
First, find a CHIP insurance company in your area. If you apply online, you may not be able to choose from all of the CHIP insurance companies providing coverage in your county. You can also apply with a paper application to any of the CHIP health insurance companies providing coverage in your county by downloading an application now, or by visiting a CHIP insurance company website.
APPLY BY MAIL
You can apply by mail by downloading and printing an application now, or by visiting a CHIP health insurance company website. Just choose the insurance company that’s best for your children and send the application directly to them.
Once the signed application is received, you should know within four to six weeks whether your children are eligible for CHIP. Unfortunately, incomplete applications will delay the processing of your application. After you're notified that your child is eligible for CHIP, benefits will generally start on the first day of the next month. For example, if you receive notice on April 15th, benefits would start on May 1st.