Back in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was a major reson for concern but the threat is not as great right now as it was back then. Today, many states in the country are set to restart Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility reviews. Meaning the states will use the information they already have in order to decide if you or your family members are eligible for either of both programs. Any state that needs more information from you in order to make a coverage decision will send you a renewal letter vie the mail. This renewal process needs to undergo a set of steps that we will break down for you in this article.
Steps for Medicaid renewal
First of all, you will need to update your contact information. You need to make sure your state has your current mailing address, phone number, email, and other basic contact information. That will help them contact you about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage. You also need to check your mail because your state will send you that letter about your coverage. This letter will allow you to find out if you need to add more details to your renewal form so you can determine if you qualify for either Medicaid or CHIP. Last but not least, you need to complete that renewal form and return it to your state as soon as possibl in order to avoid a gap in your coverage.
There is also the situation where you no longer qualify for either Medicaid or CHIP. In that case, you may be able to buy a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace and get some help paying for it. These Marketplace plans will help 4 out of 5 enrollees find a plan that costs less than $10 per month. There are also plans that cover things like prescription drugs, doctor visits, urgent care, hospital visits, and more. For more information about Medicaid, you can check your own state and call their office in the official Medicaid website.