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Posted on: February 14, 2023

Individuals with Medicaid Urged to Update Current Mailing Address with HFS

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Medicaid members! Don't risk losing your health insurance. Make sure the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has the best address to send you paperwork about keeping your Medicaid health insurance. Update your address online today at this website. Individuals can also call 1-877-805-5312 for free from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you use a TTY, call 1-877-204-1012.

Updating your address will ensure that you will receive your redetermination notice when it is sent. Individuals can know what their next redetermination date will be by calling (800) 843-6154 or by logging into the Manage My Case portal.

As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) of 2020, states received an enhanced federal match (FMAP) in order to maintain “continuous eligibility” for individuals enrolled in the Medicaid program. The enhanced FMAP and continuous coverage were to continue as long as there was a declared Public Health Emergency (PHE).

In Illinois, Medicaid continuous eligibility has meant that, since 2020, people who are enrolled in Medicaid have not been required to complete redeterminations to renew their Medicaid benefits. Additionally, the asset test for the Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD) category was waived during the PHE so that new AABD applicants could be eligible even if they were above the traditional asset limit. (Note that the income test does still apply for new applicants.)

On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2023. As part of the CAA, the Medicaid continuous eligibility provision has been split from the Public Health Emergency declaration. States may begin sending redeterminations to individuals with Medicaid as early as February 1st, and coverage for individuals in some states may end as early as April 1, 2023.

At the MAC Public Education Subcommittee meeting in mid-February 2023, HFS announced that the first batch of Medicaid redeterminations in Illinois will be mailed on May 1, 2023, the latest date permitted by CMS. If someone is found ineligible, they could lose Medicaid coverage as early as July 1, 2023. The asset test will also be reinstated, and new applicants and those submitting redeterminations will be required to report resources (i.e., assets) in addition to income.

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