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California Healthcare for Indigents Program (CHIP) and Rural Health Services (RHS) Program

This California Department of Public Health Program is no longer available.

 In 1989, the Legislature established the California Healthcare for Indigents Program (CHIP) and the Rural Health Services (RHS) Program, which allocated Proposition 99 (Tobacco Tax) funds to participating counties. These funds reimbursed providers for uncompensated health services provided to the medically indigent. In order to receive CHIP or RHS funds, counties agreed to: 1) maintain a financial level of effort; 2) report expenditure and utilization data to the Department; and 3) provide medically necessary follow-up treatment to eligible children. Due to budgetary cutbacks in fiscal year 2009-2010, the CHIP/RHS Program was terminated on July 1, 2009.

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Last modified on: 4/26/2012 8:12 AM