The GOAL of the WIC Program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of the children during critical stages of growth and development.
Since 1974, WIC has proven effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems within the WIC population. WIC scored second highest in customer satisfaction among 30 high impact government programs in a recent survey.
CONTACT INFO :
Department of Health
Health and Welfare Building
7th and Forster Streets
7th Floor, East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Provides information about low or no-cost health care services for middle and low-income families including prenatal care, Medicaid, CHIP-managed by The Dept. of Public Welfare – 800-986-KIDS
This site has links for children’s safety and welfare, CHIP, Lead Information Line, Medical Assistance Programs, Newborn Hearing Screen program, Newborn Screening progra, special Kids network, and PA recreation and leisure information, and information about Love’em with a Check-up campaign. This is a statewide outreach initiative encouraging pregnant women or women that might be pregnant to get medical care. Women and families can call 1-800-986-BABY to get information and referrals to medical providers and health care coverage programs. The goal of the Program is to improve access to health care services, providers and health care coverage so more healthy babies are born.
Pennsylvania’s Children’s Checkup (EPSDT) Program is a free health care program for kids, teens and young adults (birth through 20 years of age) on Medical Assistance. Keeping kids healthy is the name of the game. Children stay healthy through regular check-ups and shots. Regular check-ups allow a doctor to review a child’s growth and provide ideas for better health and safety.
For information on the Department of Health please go to the website listed below.
HB 20 created the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a one of a kind program designed to provide insurance coverage to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medical Assistance, but who could not afford to purchase private insurance. Pennsylvania’s CHIP program would later be used as the model for the federal government’s SCHIP program. Legislation for the federal CHIP program was signed into law August 5, 1997 by former President Bill Clinton.