KY Health Insurance Program Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Aug 3, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Saturday will mark the 15th anniversary of KCHIP, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, begun under the Clinton administration.

When the program was launched in 1996, 15 percent of Kentucky children lacked health insurance – today that number is around 8 percent. Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, says KCHIP provides basic care that saves money for the Commonwealth in the long run.

"Trhough those kind of preventative visits and immunizations and thoughtful health regimens, we're going to avoid that race to the emergency room, which only is not as effective but costs a lot more," he says.

KCHIP currently provides health insurance for about 65,000 children in Kentucky.