Medicaid is a state-run health insurance program for children from families with low incomes. Many, but not all, state Medicaid programs cover pregnant women, individuals with disabilities, and seniors. The Children’s Health Insurance Program CHIP also is a state-run health insurance program. It is for children from families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private insurance. Undocumented children cannot be enrolled in either program.
This issue of Brush Up on Oral Health describes Medicaid and CHIP and explains why the programs are important. It includes strategies Head Start health managers can use to help parents find a dental office or clinic that accepts Medicaid and CHIP. The issue also offers a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home.
Source: National Center on Health and Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center