If you have Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), your state will soon review your information to decide if you or other family members still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. These “qualification reviews” temporarily stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, but are starting again.
What can I do to prepare for the renewal process?
- Update your contact information – Make sure your state has your updated mailing address, phone number, email, or other contact information. This way, they’ll be able to contact you about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage. The best way to update your information is online at https://newmibridges.michigan.gov/s/isd-landing-page?language=en_US
- Check your mail – Your state will mail you a letter about your coverage. This letter will also tell you if you need to complete a renewal form or send other information. If the letter says you’re still eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, you don’t have to do anything else. If the letter asks you for more information, you should send it as soon as possible.
- Complete your renewal form (if you get one) – Fill out the form and return it to your state right away.
What if I no longer qualify for Medicaid or CHIP?
You can request to argue against your state’s decision (appeal their decision).
- Your state will send you a letter if they decide you no longer qualify for Medicaid or CHIP.
- If you disagree with their decision, follow the instructions in the letter to appeal.
You can re-apply for Medicaid or CHIP at any time to find out if you still qualify.
- There’s no limit to the number of times you can apply.
- To re-apply for Medicaid or CHIP, visit https://www.medicaid.gov/about-us/beneficiary-resources/index.html#statemenu and find your state for the next steps.
You may be able to get low-cost, quality health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace®.
- All Marketplace plans cover prescription drugs, doctor visits, urgent care, hospital visits, and more.
- You can apply outside the regular Open Enrollment Period if you lose Medicaid or CHIP.
- Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/transfer-to-marketplace/, or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 to get details about Marketplace coverage.
You may be eligible to sign up for Medicare without paying a late enrollment fee.
- If you qualify for Medicare but didn’t sign up for it when you first became eligible, you have a limited time (called a “Special Enrollment Period”) to sign up without paying the usual fees.
- Your Special Enrollment Period starts the day your state will contact you that your Medicaid coverage is ending, and continues for 6 months after your coverage ends.
- To sign up for Medicare during this Special Enrollment Period, fill out a CMS-10797 form and return it to your local Social Security office.
- For more information about Medicare, visit https://www.medicare.gov/ or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800633-4227).