Changes to Medicaid and CHIP Automatic Enrollment

Head Start programs can help families by:

  • Learning about your state’s process and resources.
  • Check your state’s timeline.
  • Visit your state’s Medicaid and CHIP websites for resources and support.
  • Sharing key information and messages with families.
  • Show families how to update their contact information with their state’s Medicaid program, if needed.
  • Encourage families to check their mail for an official letter with information about completing a renewal form and to submit it as soon as possible.
  • Ask families if they would like help completing their renewal form. Remind them to report any changes to their address, phone number, email, household, job, income, disability status, or pregnancy.
  • Making these resources available in your program and sharing them with families.
  • Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Renewals: A Communications Toolkit
    This 21-page toolkit includes strategies to help inform people about steps to renew their coverage or find other health care choices.
  • Preserving Medicaid and CHIP Coverage
    Scroll down to the “State Unwinding Flyers” for state-specific posters in English and Spanish with phone numbers and websites for Medicaid and low-cost insurance options.
  • Helping families who are no longer eligible for Medicaid find other types of free or low-cost insurance.

Send your questions and comments to the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety at or (toll-free) 888-227-5125.

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