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 CHIP Board


NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING DATE:   Friday, September 27th, 10:00AM

NOTE:   Draft Agenda available for viewing here.

In 1997 Congress amended the Social Security Act to create Title XXI “State Children’s Health Insurance Program.” The West Virginia Legislature established the insurance governance and legal framework in legislation that was enacted in April 1998. Children first began enrolling in the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP) in July 1998. Click on §5-16B-1 for the complete WV Code.

WVCHIP reports to a governing board made up of citizen members, legislators, and state agency members who are responsible for the Program’s annual financial plan. The West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Board meets at least four times each year and meetings are open to the public. Please contact Brenda Jones at (304) 558-2732 for a list of upcoming board meetings.

The West Virginia state law states that the Children’s Health Insurance Board will consist of:

The Chairperson (Director of WVCHIP)
The Director of the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA)
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, or a designee
Six citizen members (appointed by the Governor):

  • One who represents children’s interests, shall have experience that demonstrates knowledge in the health, educational and social needs of children
  • One who is a certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Three who have bachelor’s degrees and experience in the administration or design of public or private employee or group benefit programs
  • No more than three citizen members may be members of the same political party
  • A member of the Senate, as appointed by the Senate President (non-voting member); and a member of the House of Delegates, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates (non-voting member)

Currently, the following members comprise the Children’s Health Insurance Board:


Board Member Name


Jean G. Kranz

Stacey Shamblin

Executive Director, Children’s Health Insurance Program & Board Chairperson

Assistant Director & Chief Financial Officer

Ted Cheatham

Director, Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA)

Bill J. Crouch

Cabinet Secretary, Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR)

Margie Hale

Citizen Member


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Joshua Austin

Insurance expertise

Lisa M. Costello, MD

Citizen Member

Kellie Wooten-Willis

Citizen Member

Janet Allio

Citizen Member

Tom Takubo

West Virginia Senate

Joe Ellington

West Virginia House of Delegates

If there are any substantive comments or questions for the Board, they should be submitted in writing to the Board by sending them to:

350 Capitol Street, RM 251 
Charleston, West Virginia  25301

Historical Resources
   (State Plans & Annual Reports)