Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) programs

What are the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) programs?

Virginia has two Medicaid-related premium assistance programs that help pay for all or part of the costs of employer-sponsored health insurance: These programs are known as the Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) and HIPP for Kids. All applications are first evaluated for HIPP for Kids. If applicants do not qualify for HIPP for Kids, then they are evaluated for the HIPP program. 

The Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) for Kids program

HIPP for Kids is a premium assistance program. It is for children under age19 enrolled in Medicaid who qualify for or are enrolled in qualified employer-sponsored coverage.

The Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) program

HIPP is a cost-saving program for Medicaid members. HIPP pays all or part of the family’s group health insurance premium (monthly cost). HIPP is for members who have employer-sponsored group health insurance available to them through their own or their family member’s employment.

Who qualifies for the HIPP programs?

To qualify or apply for the HIPP programs, you or a member of your family must first be enrolled in a Medicaid program.

All applications for premium assistance are first evaluated for HIPP for Kids. If the family does not meet the eligibility rules for HIPP for Kids, the application is automatically evaluated for the HIPP program.

How do you apply?

To apply for a HIPP program, or to renew your coverage, go to

You can send documents in one of these ways:

Fax: 1-804-452-5447
Mail:    Department of Medical Assistance Services
            Attn: HIPP Unit
            600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300
            Richmond, VA  23219

If you still have questions, call the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) at:

1-800-432-5924. Or send an email to

Where to learn more

Learn more about the HIPP programs.
[PDF] HIPP Programs Comparison Chart

[PDF] Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Programs Manual

[PDF] HIPP Brochure

[PDF] HIPP Flyer