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How to secure Medicaid, CHIP coverage before public health emergency ends

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As the federal government’s public health emergency for COVID-19 nears its end, Mississippi has started the process of restarting its yearly Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility reviews.

The public health emergency, which is set to expire on May 11, expanded Medicaid and CHIP coverage eligibility. Some beneficiaries of this coverage are expected to lose it once the emergency order is lifted.

Those covered by Medicaid or CHIP are encouraged to have all of their information up to date by the time of renewal. The Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) will use the information they receive to determine if a beneficiary will still qualify for coverage.

If DOM needs more information to make a coverage decision, they will send a renewal letter in the mail. Most children are anticipated to continue to be covered through CHIP.

Those looking to avoid losing coverage are asked to take the following steps:

  1. Secure your coverage today by ensuring your contact information is up to date. This will help you get timely and accurate mail about your coverage. Those in Mississippi can update their information here.
  2. Watch your mail carefully as sometimes mail from the state may look like “junk” mail. The state may send a letter letting you know if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP.
  3. Be sure to promptly complete a renewal form (if you receive one) to prevent gaps in your coverage.

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