Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Healthy Steps

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

North Dakota Healthy Steps

Do you know a child who doesn’t have health insurance coverage? The state’s Healthy Steps Children’s Health Insurance Program can provide a healthier future for many of these children.

Healthy Steps insurance is for children who:Apply for Healthy Steps Health Care Coverage

Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply

If you are a pregnant woman or a member of a family with children under age 21, and you ONLY want medical coverage, you can complete the Application for Health Care Coverage and return it to the Department of Human Services, 600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325, Bismarck, ND 58505-0250. This application is used to determine if individuals qualify for health coverage under the Healthy Steps children’s health insurance program or Medicaid.

If you want to apply for healthcare coverage and also want to apply for assistance with child care expenses, food assistance, or a TANF grant, the Application for Assistance will allow you to apply for any or all of these programs.

Applications are also available at local County Social Service Offices or by calling 1-877-KIDSNOW (1-877-543-7669) or bjennings@nd.gov or lbrew@nd.gov by email.

Who is eligible?

Healthy Steps insurance is intended to meet the needs of working families, who cannot afford health insurance coverage for their children, yet earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. Coverage is available for uninsured children age 18 and younger who live in families with qualifying incomes. Single 18-year-olds with eligible incomes may also apply.

The income guidelines are established by the North Dakota Legislature (May 2009) as amended by the Affordable Care Act. To qualify, a family’s Modified Adjusted Gross income (MAGI) must be greater than the Medicaid level, but cannot exceed 175 percent of the federal poverty level.

INCOME LEVEL EFFECTIVE – April 1, 2017 – includes the 5 percent disregard

Family Size Annual Modified Adjusted Gross Income Monthly Income
1
$21,105
$1,758
2
$28,420
$2,368
3
$35,735
$2,977
4
$43,050
$3,587
5
$50,365
$4,197
6
$57,680
$4,806
7
$64,995
$5,416
8
$72,310
$6,025
9
$79,625
$6,635
10
$86,940
$7,245

For family households over ten people, increase the monthly income amount by $609 for each additional person or increase the annual income amount by $7,315.

Contact Information

For Eligibility Questions:

N.D. Department of Human Services
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250

Phone: 1-877-KIDSNOW (1-877-543-7669)
ND Relay TTY: (800) 366-6888 or 711
Email: bjennings@nd.gov or lbrew@nd.gov

Cite Reference: ND Department of Human Resources

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North Dakota Healthy Steps

Managing Agency

Program Description

Healthy Steps insurance features comprehensive coverage including preventive services and some dental and vision services.

General Program Requirements

For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Dakota, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $19,008
2 $25,632
3 $32,256
4 $38,880
5 $45,504
6 $52,128
7 $58,768
8 $65,424

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Apply Online (you must register first), or complete the Health Coverage Application and return it to the Department of Human Services, 600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325, Bismarck, ND 58505-0250. This application is used to determine if individuals qualify for health coverage under the Healthy Steps children’s health insurance program or Medicaid.

Program Contact Information

For additional information, please call:
1-877-KIDS NOW (543-7669)

To view the North Dakota Healthy Steps Homepage, visit:

http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/medicalserv/chip/

Cite Reference: Benefits.gov

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