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States Are Restarting Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Renewals

For the past 3 years, people on Medicaid or Childrens’ Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, were not required to renew their coverage due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.


This exception was referred to as the “continuous enrollment condition” which ended earlier this year, so states have resumed eligibility reviews. Jack Myers at Social Security explains to avoid a gap in coverage, people who have Medicaid or CHIP need to take action to renew their coverage.



The steps to take are not difficult, so awareness is the main issue. First, if you have moved since your last renewal, make sure the state has your current mailing address. Second, watch your mail for a letter about your Medicaid or CHIP renewal. When you receive the letter complete and return it right away.



Myers points out, renewal dates are staggered, so not everyone will be due at the same time.


In addition to the website, you can also call Illinois DHS at 800-843-6154.

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