Nevada Check Up


Nevada Check Up

1100 E. William Street, Suite 101

Carson City, NV 89701




    Authorized under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, Nevada Check Up (NCU) is the State of Nevada’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

    The Mission of the Nevada Check Up program is to provide low-cost, comprehensive health care coverage to low income, uninsured children (birth through 18) who are not covered by private insurance or Medicaid; while (1) promoting health care coverage for children; (2) encouraging individual responsibility; and (3) working with public and private health care providers and community advocates for children.

    The only cost to the Nevada Check Up enrollee is a quarterly premium. Enrollees are not required to pay co-payments, deductibles, or other charges for covered services. Premiums are determined by family size and income. Quarterly premiums range between $25 and $80 dollars and are charged per family, not per child. For Native American Families who are members of federally recognized tribes, or an Eskimo, Aleut or other Alaska Native enrolled by the Secretary of the Interior, quarterly premiums are waived.

    The Division of Health Care Financing and Policy manages the Nevada Check Up program's health policy benefit. The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services manages the eligibility for program enrollment, and families may apply for their children through Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) website below, or in person at a DWSS office. Office locations are listed on the DWSS website under, "contact us: at: below.

    The NCU program began providing services to children on October 1, 1998.

    NCU delivers the basic Medicaid State Plan for health benefits, with some minor exceptions. The Medicaid provider network and Medicaid-contracted HMOs (in the urban areas of Nevada) provide the covered services to eligible children. NCU enrollees are mandated to receive treatment under an HMO in the urban areas of the state. You can find more information on the Medicaid benefit plan and the contracted HMOs on the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy website at:

    The Children’s Health Insurance Program was established by Congress to provide access to affordable health insurance for children in working, low-income families. The enabling legislation for CHIP, included in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, funded the program for a 10 year period. Congress provided funding extension until 2009 when through the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Congress provided for continuation of the Program. In 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) enacted maintenance of effort requirements for continuation of eligibility standards for children until October 1, 2019.

    Like Medicaid, CHIP is a joint federal-state program, with funding from both sources, and it is implemented by each state.

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      Last Edited: 9/14/2016