BELLEVILLE, Ill. – With pandemic-era continuous coverage ending for Medicaid, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, is encouraging residents to make sure they are prepared to renew their coverage in the coming months.
“I want to make sure that no one who needs care loses their coverage,” Hoffman said. “As pandemic-related rules wind down, we want to make sure that families are able to properly take advantage of resources from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to make this as smooth a process as possible.”
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people who use Medicaid have had continuous coverage. However, Congress has ended the pause on annual eligibility verifications – also known as redeterminations or renewals. Beginning in May 2023, Medicaid customers in Illinois will be asked to renew their health care coverage.
A helpful place for affected residents to start is to visit the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ Illinois Medicaid Renewals Information Center webpage at https://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalClients/Pages/addresschange.aspx. Here residents can review frequently asked questions, report a change of address and connect with additional assistance. Having a correct, up-to-date address is important, as renewal forms will be mailed to the head of household and authorized representative on the case, if there is one.
Hoffman’s office will also help connect residents with resources if they have additional questions at RepJayHoffman@gmail.com or 618-416-7407.