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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides comprehensive free or low-cost healthcare benefits to children whose parents or guardians do not qualify for Medicaid. CHIP is a federal program, and each state/territory has flexibility to design their own CHIP program within federal guidelines. Therefore, CHIP benefits may differ in each state/territory.
CHIP benefits may include annual check-ups, hospital visits, dental insurance, vision insurance and more. All services are provided through medical providers that participate in the CHIP program. Not all doctors and medical facilities accept CHIP patients.
Learn more about CHIP benefits here.
The Ohio state CHIP program is called Ohio Healthy Start. It is administered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid. For more information about the Ohio Healthy Start, click here.
A child may receive CHIP benefits in Ohio for as long as he or she qualifies for the program. A participant’s qualifications are determined by their age and their household’s monthly gross income. To learn more about eligibility and qualifying for Ohio Healthy Start, click here.
If a child is eligible for CHIP, the following services will be covered:
Other services may also be covered depending on the child’s needs.
For more information about the services covered and what medical assistance you can receive, call the Consumer Hotline at 1 (800) 324-8680 or review the Ohio Healthy Start overview here.
To qualify for CHIP in Ohio, a child must meet the following criteria:
For more information on Ohio’s household income limits and other eligibility criteria to qualify for CHIP, click here.
Ohio Healthy Start does not charge premiums or copays for families with children enrolled in the program.
For more information on the cost of CHIP benefits in Ohio, call the Consumer Hotline at 1 (800) 324-8680.
Before applying for Ohio Healthy Start, complete the following three steps:
Learn about the income limits and other eligibility criteria here.
To apply for CHIP online, you can create an account through Ohio Benefits here.
To apply for CHIP in person, click here to find your nearest Ohio Department of Job and Family Services location.
To apply for CHIP by phone, call 1 (800) 324-8680.
Depending on your method of application, you can check your application status in the following ways:
You will receive a determination letter in the mail notifying you of your eligibility for CHIP after your application has been processed. It may take longer to process your application if the Department of Medicaid requires more information from you to process your application. If approved for CHIP, you will be sent further instructions for enrolment.
For more information about what happens after you apply for Ohio Healthy Start, you can contact the Consumer Hotline at 1 (800) 324-8680.
If you do not agree with the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s decision to deny your CHIP benefits, you can file an appeal after you receive your eligibility determination in the mail.
Your determination letter will include instructions to submit an appeal request as well as the date you must submit your appeal by.
If you have any further questions regarding the appeals process, you can contact the Consumer Hotline at 1 (800) 324-8680.
To transfer your child from your current insurance to CHIP benefits, you will need to contact your current health insurance provider and ask a representative to discontinue their insurance coverage.
You can find your insurance company’s customer service number on your health insurance card.
If you have any questions about the insurance transfer process, contact the Consumer Hotline at 1 (800) 324-8680.
If you have any further questions about Ohio Healthy Start or CHIP, call the Consumer Hotline at 1 (800) 324-8680.
You can also contact your local Ohio Department of Job and Family Services office for assistance. Find your nearest office location and contact information here.
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While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Children’s Health Insurance Program and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process.
Our free CHIP Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.