State employees now qualify for Healthy Montana Kids
In a major victory for state employees, the Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) Plan, formerly the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) will now cover children of state employees.
In the past, federal guidelines prohibited state employees’ children from enrolling in the HMK coverage group. But due to recent changes under national health care reform, HMK coverage is now available to state and university employees’ children whose families meet income guidelines.
“This would not have happened without to the persistent efforts of Montana U.S. Senator Jon Tester,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver. “MEA-MFT has worked with Senator Tester and others to fix this inequity.”
HMK offers free or low-cost health coverage for children and teenagers up to age 19. The program has no monthly premiums or deductibles. There are small co-payments for some services, but for the year 2011, no family pays more than $215 a year out of pocket. Most services covered under existing State of Montana health plans are covered under the HMK Plan, including treatment of pre-existing conditions. HMK also covers dental and vision services.
Learn more and apply at www.hmk.mt.gov. Or call 877-KidsNow (877-543-7669).