Fairfield Memorial Hospital works to update patients on any and all information pertaining to patient care and coverage. The information provided is from CMS which is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


In March 2020, CMS temporarily waived certain Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements and conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The easing of these requirements was referred to as the ‘Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Condition,’ and it helped prevent people with Medicaid and CHIP from losing their health coverage during the pandemic.


The Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Condition ended on March 31, 2023, and states are now returning to regular operations, including restarting full Medicaid and CHIP eligibility renewals and terminations of coverage for individuals who are no longer eligible. This means the State of Illinois will use the information they have to decide if you or your family member(s) still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP coverage. If the State of Illinois needs more information from you to make a coverage decision, they’ll send you a renewal letter in the mail.


Listed are some things you can do to prepare for the renewal process:


  1. Update your contact information - Make sure the State of Illinois has your current mailing address, phone number, email, or other contact information. This way, they’ll be able to contact you about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage.


  1. Check your mail - The State of Illinois will mail you a letter about your coverage. This letter will let you know if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP.


  1. Complete your renewal form (if you get one) - Fill out the form and return it to the State of Illinois right away to help avoid a gap in your coverage.


For more information about Medicaid or CHIP renewal, call the Illinois Department of Human Services at 1-800-843-6154 or visit abe.illinois.gov