So, how do I sign up?
You're ready to apply — great! Applying for CHIP is easy. You can apply online or by mail.
You will need to have the following information handy:
Income amounts for your entire household before taxes: This includes income from employment and all other forms of income (for example: social security, pension, workers' compensation, unemployment, child support, etc.)
Social Security Numbers and birthdates for all applicants
Day care expenses for your household (if any)
Work transportation expenses for your household (if any)
Private health insurance information (if you have or had private health insurance in the last 90 days)
Apply online with COMPASS
The online application walks you through all the questions you’ll need to answer. Completed applications are submitted immediately and directly. From COMPASS, you can apply for different state services — CHIP, Medicaid, TANF, and more.
Use this map to find a CHIP health insurance company in your area. Then, fill out an online application using COMPASS.
Apply by phone
Call the CHIP helpline at 1-800-986-KIDS (5437) and select prompt No. 2, then select prompt No. 1 for application assistance. A CHIP customer service representative will assist you with applying for CHIP over the phone. Completed applications are submitted immediately and directly. It is not required but would be helpful to have the following information available:
- Your most recent tax return, if you have filed
- The names and Social Security numbers of everyone living in your household
- Each individual applying for or receiving benefits must provide or apply for a Social Security number as a condition of eligibility
- A list of all income that comes into your household such as wages, child support and unemployment benefits
Apply by mail
Download a paper application in English OR download a paper application in Spanish. Once we receive your signed application, you should know within four to six weeks whether your children are eligible for CHIP. Incomplete applications will delay processing. After you're notified that your child is eligible for CHIP, benefits will usually start on the first day of the next month. For example, if you receive notice on April 15, benefits would start May 1.
To check the status of your application or if you have questions, contact the CHIP health insurance company with which you applied.