IMPORTANT: Look for your child’s Medicaid or CHIP renewal in the mail, complete it and mail it back immediately. They may be covered even if you’re not! Go to to find contact information for your state Medicaid office.

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Find Coverage for Your Family

You May be Eligible

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Medicaid and CHIP have your kids covered so they can start the school year ready to learn. These programs offer free or low-cost health insurance for kids up to age 19 – and enrollment is open year-round. Parents, Medicaid might cover you, too. Select your state to find health insurance programs in your area or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.


Renew Your Medicaid or CHIP Coverage

Prepare Now

If your kids are already enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP you need to make sure your address is up-to-date with your state so you don’t miss your renewal form when it comes in the mail.

Usually, you have to renew coverage every year to keep them covered. Make sure your state has your current mailing address, phone number, email, or other contact information, especially if you have moved in the last year. This way, your state will be able to contact you about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage.

Your state will mail you a letter about your coverage, including renewal information. This letter will let you know if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. Complete and return your renewal form (if you get one) to your state right away to help avoid a gap in coverage. Even if you no longer qualify, your child may still be eligible.

All states* provide comprehensive coverage for children through Medicaid and CHIP, including:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations
  • Doctor visits
  • Mental health services
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental care [Find a Dentist]
  • Vision care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services

*Some specific benefits may be different from state to state.

Last reviewed August 30 , 2023