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How to Apply for Child Health Program

Effective immediately, applicants can apply for the Child Health Program without experiencing a qualifying life event or other special circumstance. All eligibility rules still apply, see the Eligibility page for more information. This new policy will be in effect until May 15, 2021. Applicants should choose the ‘Open Enrollment’ option on the application when applying.


Special Enrollment Period

You can apply for coverage if you have a certain type of event in your life — called a qualifying life event. A qualifying life event is when something important in your life changes. For example, if you get married or divorced, give birth, or lose health coverage because you lost your job, you can apply for coverage through the Child Health Program.

In general, the special enrollment period lasts 60 days after a qualifying life event.

If you have a qualifying life event, you’ll need to complete:

For more information, look at the Special Enrollment Period Guide and Form or visit


*Continued eligibility for the Child Health Program is not guaranteed. We reserve the right to close enrollment or change the CHP eligibility rules at any time. If you are approved for CHP, the subsidy period is limited and we will contact you in the future to confirm that you still qualify.

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