Applying for CHIP is easy. You can apply online, by phone, or by mail! 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
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 insurance over the phone. Completed applications are submitted immediately and directly.APPLY BY MAILDownload 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.