Health and Family Services Cabinet
KCHIP Applications, Information Available at State Fair; Parents can learn about children’s health insurance

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014 or (502) 229-6528; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2008) – Parents enjoying a visit to the Kentucky State Fair this month can also learn about eligibility guidelines to receive health insurance for their children.

At the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) display, staff of the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) will be on hand every day to provide applications and answer questions about the program.

“Through this outreach at the fair, we have the opportunity to reach parents who still may not know about KCHIP and how it can help their families,” CHFS Secretary Janie Miller said.

KCHIP is free or low cost health insurance for children under the age of 19 who do not have health insurance and whose family income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a family of four can earn up to $44,100 a year.

CHFS’ display will be located in the Louisville Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B. The fair runs Thursday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 30.

Children can stop at the KCHIP area for a colorful bracelet and other goodies and have fun playing corn hole or doing other fun physical activities. Parents and caregivers can ask questions of expert staff.

In November 2008, Governor Steve Beshear launched an initiative to make it easier to enroll in KCHIP and Medicaid and set a goal to enroll 35,000 additional eligible children by the end of fiscal year 2010.

The Beshear Plan has made it easier for families to get coverage from these programs by removing several barriers, such as the face-to-face interview prior to enrollment.

By the end of June, more than 20,000 additional children were enrolled in KCHIP or Medicaid programs since the initiative began.

For more information about KCHIP, or to download an application, call (877) KCHIP18 (877-524-4718), or log on to

Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $6 for adults and $2 for seniors 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 20, tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

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