There is one application form (PDF) for both CHIP and adultBasic. Families can apply for CHIP and adultBasic at the same time using the same form. There are several ways you can apply for coverage. If you have any questions about the application or the income documents you need to submit, please call us weekdays toll free Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Some states have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover all people below certain income levels.
How CHIP for Adults Is Offered. Under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of (CHIPRA) passed under President Barack Obama, states could add amendments to their coverage plans. That reauthorization act included language that allowed states to extend CHIP program funding coverage to low-income pregnant women. Medicaid is a federal government program that provides health insurance coverage to over 50 million people nationwide. It is a means-tested, needs-based social welfare or social protection program. To apply for medicaid, you must apply through the Department of Health and Human Services in your home state.