LaCHIP is a health insurance program designed to bring quality health care to currently uninsured children and youth up to the age of 19 in Louisiana. Children can qualify for coverage under LaCHIP using higher income standards than traditional Medicaid.
The LaCHIP Affordable Plan is a new LaCHIP health insurance program for uninsured children in moderate income families whose income is too much to qualify for regular LaCHIP but whose gross income is below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The regular LaCHIP only covers uninsured children in families with countable income up to 200 percent of the FPL. For more information on the LaCHIP Affordable Plan, click here.
LaCHIP provides Medicaid coverage for doctor visits for primary care as well as preventive and emergency care, immunizations, prescription medications, hospitalization, home health care and many other health services. For a more detailed listing of covered services, click here.
To get a list of doctors, dentists or other medical service providers in your area who take Medicaid/LaCHIP, please visit our provider locator. Here, you will find access to a provider map that will let you search for Medicaid services in your parish. If there is no doctor listed in your parish, try searching for doctors in your region or in the parishes around yours.
LaCHIP provides health care coverage for the children of Louisiana's working families with moderate and low incomes. Children must be under age 19 and not covered by health insurance. Family income cannot be more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (about $3,925 monthly for a family of four) for the no-cost LaCHIP program.
If your income is more than these amounts, you may still qualify by applying the possible deductions to your total income. You may also qualify with the new LaCHIP Affordable Plan, which is available to uninsured Louisiana children in families up to the age of 19 whose families have an annual income up to 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). To learn more about the LaCHIP affordable plan, click here.
Do I Qualify?
Number in Family (including child) Monthly Income 1 $2,394 2 $3,232 3 $4,069 4 $4,907 5 $5,744 6 $6,582 7 $7,419 8 $8,257 More than 8 For each additional person, add $670 to the monthly amount.
*Incomes of grandparents and/or stepparents living in the home are not counted toward monthly income. Income amounts go up each year.
The income of the natural or adoptive parent(s) living in the home as well as siblings and half-siblings under 18 (if they are included in family size and it benefits the child being determined eligible for coverage) is counted. LaCHIP does not count the income of stepparents, grandparents or caregivers toward a child's financial eligibility.
No, there is no waiting period for LaCHIP for families who terminate health insurance. There is a waiting period (12 months) for the LaCHIP Affordable Plan for families who terminate health insurance voluntarily.
LaCHIP applications can be obtained by calling the LaCHIP Hotline at 1-877-2LaCHIP (252-2447) or at any of the more than 400 Medicaid application centers throughout the state. Applications are also available at WIC offices, school-based health clinics, community health centers, community action agencies and other locations throughout the state. You can also access the application online or download and print a copy by clicking here.
In most cases, you will have a decision within two weeks of your application. However, some applications require additional verification be provided and may take up to 45 days to process. You will get a letter in the mail once we reach a decision, but feel free to call our hotline at 1-877-2LaCHIP to check your status.
Yes. Simply call 1-877-2LaCHIP (252-2447) any time day or night. You can leave your name and mailing address on the voice response system and an application will be mailed to you the next business day. Staff can assist you with the application 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Children enrolled in LaCHIP will maintain their eligibility for 12 continuous months no matter how much their family's income increases during this period. This is being done to ensure children receive initial and follow-up care. A renewal of coverage is done after each 12-month period.
LaCHIP is Louisiana's version of the national Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), authorized under Title XXI of the Social Security Act. CHIP enables states to implement their own health insurance programs with a mix of federal and state funding.
You may call the LaCHIP hotline at 1-877-252-2447 and choose the "Replace Medicaid Card" option and provide the information required to obtain a replacement Medicaid card through the automated system. You may also submit your request online at the Louisiana Mediciaid Online Application page.
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