If I'm uninsured do I have to enroll my child in Medicaid?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

If you’re uninsured, you don’t have to enroll your child in Medicaid. But we’d like to encourage you to do so -- it is the best way to get your child health insurance.

Under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, children are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance. The insurance covers expenses such as medication, doctor visits, and dental care. Programs vary by state, so contact your state’s Medicaid office for eligibility requirements.

For more information about children’s health insurance, call 1-877-543-7669, or visit

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