UPMC for Kids CHIP


Denise Hughes
UPMC Health Plan

UPMC for Kids celebrates 15th anniversary with charitable giving

US Sen. Bob Casey offers congratulations on milestone achievement

Pittsburgh (Aug. 3, 2021) – UPMC for Kids Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) today recognized its 15th anniversary and growth into Pennsylvania’s largest CHIP managed care plan and will make $15,000 charitable donations to three community organizations that support Pennsylvania children.

“Led by then-Gov. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania’s landmark CHIP law served as the model for federal legislation that made this program available in every state, so serving as the state’s largest CHIP plan is a particularly special honor,” said John Lovelace, President, Government Programs for UPMC Health Plan. “We have grown from 50 members when we started in August 2006, and now provide health coverage to about 35,000 individuals.”

Today, we celebrate and congratulate the UPMC for Kids CHIP plan for reaching this wonderful milestone,” said US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) in a video recognizing UPMC for Kids’ achievement and the ongoing importance of the CHIP program established by his father.

To commemorate UPMC for Kids’ first 15 years—and continue in the tradition of supporting Pennsylvania communities—UPMC for Kids CHIP will award grants totaling $15,000 to the following Pennsylvania-based non-profit organizations:

Southwest Region

This Generation Connect: This Generation Connect is the only community center in east Pittsburgh and provides middle and high schoolers and their families with opportunities for audio-visual training and creative expression through videography, photography, and music production.

Lehigh/Capital Region

Healthy Steps Diaper Bank: Healthy Steps Diaper bank collects, stores, and distributes free diapers to families in need with the help of partner agencies. They are the only diaper bank in the region, serving Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry, and York counties.

Northwest Region

Eagle's Nest School of Academic Distinction: Eagle’s Nest School is the Erie region’s only African-centered academic institution open to students of all ethnicities. The middle school operates in partnership with the Erie School District and has a faculty ratio of about 15:1 with academic benchmarks equal to or better than those of private schools.

UPMC for Kids CHIP Fun Facts:

Since 2006, UPMC for Kids has:

CHIP coverage provided by UPMC for Kids
Any uninsured child up to age 19 who is not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance qualifies for CHIP, regardless of family income. There is no waiting list to enroll. For information on enrolling a child or teen in CHIP, visit our website or call UPMC for Kids at 1-800-978-8762 (TTY: 711).


About UPMC Insurance Services

Serving 4 million members, UPMC Insurance Services is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. UPMC Insurance Services includes commercial products from UPMC Health Plan for groups as well as individuals. Commercial products also include workers' compensation and employee assistance from nationally known Workpartners®. Government products include Medicare Advantage (UPMC for Life); special needs plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medical Assistance (UPMC for Life Complete Care and UPMC Community HealthChoices); Medical Assistance (UPMC for You); and Children's Health Insurance Program (UPMC for Kids). Community Care Behavioral Health, one of the nation's largest nonprofit managed care behavioral health organizations, offers a full range of services to Commercial and Medical Assistance members. For more information, visit upmchealthplan.com.