Health Care Access
Important Changes Coming to Medicaid or LaCHIP Eligibility
By the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (May 2022)
Do you or a family member currently have health coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)? If so, you may soon need to take steps to find out if you can continue your coverage. Soon, states will resume Medicaid and CHIP eligibility reviews. This means some people with Medicaid or CHIP could be disenrolled from those programs. However, they may be eligible to buy a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace ®, and get help paying for it.
Here are some things you can do to prepare.
Make sure your address is up to date
Make sure your state has your current mailing address, phone number, email, or other contact information. This way, they’ll be able to contact you about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage.
Check your mail
Your state will mail you a letter about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage. This letter will also let you know if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for Medicaid or CHIPIf you get a renewal form, fill it out and return it to your state right away. This may help you avoid a gap in your coverage.
What if you don’t qualify for Medicaid or CHIP?
If you or a family member no longer qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, you may be able to buy a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace®. Marketplace plans are:
• Affordable. 4 out of 5 enrollees can find plans that cost less than $10 a month.
• Comprehensive. Most plans cover things like prescription drugs, doctor visits, urgent care, hospital visits, and more.
Visit HealthCare.gov to find Marketplace plans and see if you might save on premiums. When you apply, don’t forget to include current information about your household, income, and your state’s recent decision about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage.
Get help with your Louisiana Medicaid coverage
About Medicaid or LaCHIP
Customer Service Hotline:
Apply for Medicaid or renew your coverage online
Medicaid Self Service Portal: mymedicaid.la.gov.
Contact for the Louisiana Department of Health in Baton Rouge
We are here Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call us at 1-855-229-6848.
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You can mail your completed enrollment form to us at:
P.O. Box 1097
Atlanta, GA 30301-9913
You can fax your completed enrollment form to us at 1-888-858-3875.
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Click here to learn more and find out if you might be eligible for Medicaid under expansion.
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