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Connecting Kids to Coverage

Afterschool and summer programs across West Virginia are playing an important role in supporting the healthy development of young people. They are community hubs that provide critical support to parents and families across our state. That’s why the West Virginia Afterschool Network is partnering with Think Kids WV to help West Virginia families get health coverage for their children through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Soon, the eligibility and enrollment rules will change–families already enrolled must renew their coverage and many new families may now qualify for free or low-cost insurance options that include access to:

A young boy with his mouth open is examined by a dentist while a guardian stands behind him.
  • Routine medical check-ups

  • Dental visits

  • Immunizations

  • Eye exams and more!

Regularly seeing a doctor or a dentist is important for children’s health, growth and development. And every child needs health insurance–kids who have coverage are better prepared to learn and less likely to miss school because they’re sick or injured.

Here’s what families and program providers need to know about children's insurance!

My children insurance through Medicaid and CHIP, what do I need to know?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, families’ coverage was automatically renewed every year. In the coming months, states will resume eligibility reviews and all current enrollees will be required to renew their coverage.

To help make this an easy process, we encourage you to update your contact information–home address, phone number and email address at By updating your information, WV Medicaid/CHIP can keep you updated about any changes through email, mail or text.

What happens if I do nothing?

If you do nothing, and your contact details are the same, you will still get notified about the renewal process. If your contact details are different, you may lose health insurance for your family because WV Medicaid/CHIP can’t find you.

What if I am no longer eligible?

If you are no longer eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, there are still insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace or your employer that can make sure your family stays covered. There will be support to help you explore other options.

My family does not have insurance. What can I do?

To start the process of enrolling your family in insurance, whether CHIP, Medicaid or both, visit

I don’t have Medicaid or CHIP because I was turned down before.

You may be eligible now due to Medicaid expansion. We encourage you to visit to get the process started.

If you are an afterschool program provider in West Virginia that would like to access resources to help share this information with our families, complete the online form.