10 States With the Most and Least "Generous" Children's Health Insurance Programs

Roughly one in six children in the United States are uninsured, and where someone lives could make a big difference in the level of health coverage children can receive from government-sponsored programs, according to a report from the Foundation for Health Coverage Education (pdf).

By law, every state must have a Children's Health Insurance Program, but the maximum income limit of families that would allow their children to be eligible for coverage differs from state to state.

The FHCE identified the maximum annual income limit a family of four can make and still quality for free or low-cost CHIP coverage for all 50 states. The following 10 states had the highest and lowest income limits for CHIP eligibility:

Five states with highest income limit for CHIP:
•    New York:  up to $89,400
•    New Jersey:  up to $78,225
•    Hawaii:  up to $77,148
•    Vermont:  up to $67,350
•    Oregon:  up to $67,248

Five states with lowest income limit for CHIP:
•    North Dakota:  up to $35,760
•    Maine:  up to $40,008
•    Oklahoma:  up to $41,348
•    Idaho:  up to $41,352
•    Arizona:  up to $44,100

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