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Children enrolled in Medicaid or Healthy Montana Kids (Children's Health Insurance Program or CHIP) in Montana

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Definition and Source



Number of children ages 0 to 18 enrolled in Medicaid (Healthy Montana Kids Plus), Healthy Montana Kids (CHIP), and total enrolled in either program. The percentage reported is for how many children are enrolled in Medicaid/Healthy Montana Kids out of all 0 to 18 year olds.

Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids are Montana's public health insurance programs. Children are eligible for Medicaid if they are at or below 143% of the federal poverty level. Medicaid for children is also called Healthy Montana Kids Plus. Children are eligible for Healthy Montana Kids (CHIP) if they are between 144% and 261% of the federal poverty level.

The denominator for the percentage is the total population ages 0 through 18 in respective geographic areas for the matching year. Not all children ages 0 through 18 in the population are eligible and this percentage does not represent a percent enrolled who are eligible.

Data Source

Numerator: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Human and Community Services Division. Denominator: U.S. Census populations with bridged race categories from the National Center for Health Statistics. Obtained from the Missouri Census Data Center:


GEOGRAPHY - Data reflect the child's place of residence. 
DATE - Data is for the month of June as a snapshot of the state fiscal year end.
NOTES - there are a small number of children eligible for both Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids within the same month; these children are included in the Medicaid group. Medicaid/Healthy Montana Kids recipient data are published ahead of the percentage since population estimates lag by one year before publication. NA means data is not available or waiting on population estimates to calculate the most recent year's percent.

Last Updated

September 2023