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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides comprehensive free or low-cost healthcare benefits to children whose parents or guardians do not qualify for Medicaid. CHIP is a federal program, and each state/territory has flexibility to design their own CHIP program within federal guidelines. Therefore, CHIP benefits may differ in each state/territory.
CHIP benefits may include annual check-ups, hospital visits, dental insurance, vision insurance and more. All services are provided through medical providers that participate in the CHIP program. Not all doctors and medical facilities accept CHIP patients.
Learn more about CHIP benefits here.
The Vermont state CHIP program is called Mr. Dynasaur. It is administered by the Vermont Department of Health and Welfare. For more information about Vermont’s CHIP program, click here.
A child may receive CHIP benefits in Vermont for as long as he or she qualifies for the program. A participant’s qualifications are determined by their age and their household’s monthly gross income. To learn more about eligibility and qualifying for Vermont’s Mr. Dynasaur program, click here.
If a child is eligible for CHIP, the following services will be covered:
Other services may also be covered depending on the child’s needs.
For more information about the services covered and what medical assistance you can receive, call the Health Coverage Assistance line at 1 (855) 899-9600.
To qualify for CHIP in Vermont, a child must meet the following criteria:
For more information on Vermont’s household income limits and other eligibility criteria to qualify for CHIP, click here.
Vermont’s Dr. Dynasaur program has no premiums or copayments.
For more information on the cost of CHIP benefits in Vermont, visit the Vermont Health Connect page here. Or call the Health Coverage Assistance line at 1 (855) 899-9600.
Before applying for the Vermont Health Plan for Children, complete the following three steps:
Learn about the income limits and other eligibility criteria here.
To apply for CHIP online, you can create an account through the Vermont Health Connect Portal here.
To apply for CHIP by phone, call1-855-899-9600.
Depending on your method of application, you can check your application status in the following ways:
You will receive a determination letter in the mail notifying you of your eligibility for CHIP within45 days of applying. This timeline may be extended if the Department of Health requires more information from you to process your application.
For more information about what happens after you apply for the Vermont Health Plan for Children, you can contact the Health Coverage Hotline at 1 (855) 899-9600.
If you do not agree with the Vermont Department of Health and Welfare’s decision to deny you CHIP benefits, you can file an appeal within 30 days of when you receive your eligibility determination in the mail.
You can file your appeal by mail or by fax to the Health Insurance Marketplace.
To send your appeal by fax, fill out the appeal formhere and dial: 1-877-369-0130.
To send your appeal by mail, complete the appeal form here and send it to the following address:
Health Insurance Marketplace
465 Industrial Blvd.London, KY 40750-0061
After submitting your appeal, you will receive a decision by mail or email within 30 days.
If you have any further questions regarding the appeals process, you can contact the Marketplace Appeals Center at 1 (855) 231-1751. Or, you can contact the Vermont Health Coverage Assistance Center at 1 (855) 899-9600.
To transfer your child from your current insurance to CHIP benefits, you will need to contact your current health insurance provider and ask a representative to discontinue their insurance coverage.
You can find your insurance company’s customer service number on your health insurance card.
If you have any questions about the insurance transfer process, contact the state’s health insurance marketplace, Vermont Health Connect, at 1 (855) 899-9600.
If you have any further questions about the Vermont Health Plan for Children or CHIP, call the Health Connect Hotline at 1 (855) 899-9600.
If you are hearing or speech impaired, call the TTY line at 711.
If you would like assistance in person, you can contact a helpful health plan consultant through the Vermont Assister Program here.
Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
For additional inquiries, you can email the Vermont Health Connect through their website here.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Children’s Health Insurance Program and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process.
Our free CHIP Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.